[Pkg-mc-devel] Bug#494550: mc: vfs script depend on mawk, but mc doesn't even recommend it

Sven Joachim svenjoac at gmx.de
Fri Aug 29 19:46:40 UTC 2008

On 2008-08-29 01:58 +0200, Michelle Konzack wrote:

> Am 2008-08-10 17:05:16, schrieb Ji??í Pale??ek:
>> Package: mc
>> Version: 2:4.6.2~git20080311-2+b1
>> Severity: normal
>> Hello,
>> I get errors like "mawk not found" from mc vfs scripts (eg. when 
>> opening a  
>> rar archive in mc). Indeed:
> <snip>
>> I think that if the scripts depend specifically on mawk, mc should at leas  
>> recommend it. Even better, if this dependency is not crucial (ie. the  
>> scripts work with gawk, too), they should be changed not to require mawk.
> Do you know, that "mawk" is a package "required"?  "mc" must not  depend
> on a package which has priority "essentiel" or "reqiored".

Are you aware of the difference between "essential" and "required"?
Users are free to drop mawk in favor of gawk or another awk
implementation, thus packages that specifically need mawk rather than
awk still must depend on it.


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