[Debian-olpc-devel] Sugar dependencies

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Mon Aug 25 22:15:31 UTC 2008

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On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 10:03:26PM +0200, Morgan Collett wrote:
>I was looking at the sugar packages on packages.debian.org, at the 
>The only thing that installs sugar correctly seems to be the 
>education-desktop-sugar package.

Please ignore that package in the context of Sugar packaging.  It is a 
metapackage maintained by debian-edu (a.k.a. Skolelinux) team for use 
with their (sub)distribution.

>IMO sugar should at least depend on sugar-presence-service, 
>sugar-journal-activity, python-olpc-datastore (which would be better 
>named python-sugar-datastore), and matchbox - all of which it requires 
>to operate correctly if installed.

Well, Sugar is a package and Sugar is the whole software project.

I disagree that Sugar the package should act also as a metapackage.

What I would like is one or more metapackages packaged separately from 
the various packages: We should not need to release a new packaging 
version of sugar the package if we need to adjust some dependencies for 
Sugar the project, and vice versa.

Now that the Sugar project has formed these "Sucrose" and so on names 
for their meta collections, I suggest we adobt those names for the 

But so far we do not even have a full collection.  We need to package 
more software before it makes sense to do metapackages.

>In Ubuntu we have a sugar-activities metapackage, which we will 
>probably keep, to install the (main? all?) packaged activities.

Yes, please keep those until Debian is ready to take over maintaining 
metapackages.  Or better: help move those remaining packages you might 
maintain only in Ubuntu over to the shared maintainance here at Alioth 

  - Jonas

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