[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#506406: Bug#506406: xfce4: apt bug causes gdm to pull in unneeded/unwanted gnome dependencies; can a dependency change fix this?

Daniel Dickinson cshore at fionavar.ca
Tue Nov 25 07:15:49 UTC 2008

On Sat, 22 Nov 2008 09:45:47 +0100
Yves-Alexis Perez <corsac at debian.org> wrote:

> On ven, 2008-11-21 at 19:23 -0500, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
> > It was suggested to me by Frans Pop that I should let you xfce folks
> > know since you're most likely to be motivated to solve it. 
> Opening an important bug on our metapackage is not really the best way
> to do that. We have a mailing list, you know?
> And why are you dropping the bug from CC:?

Sorry, that was an accident.

> >  For example
> > by figuring out an appropriate dependency that works and working
> > with the gnome folks to get the gdm package changed to the new
> > dependencies.
> > Apt won't be fixed for lenny (I already filed the bug on aptitude
> > and that's what I was told).
> What I don't understand is exactly what you're doing to get the
> result? xfce4-desktop doesn't exist. There is xfce4/xfce4-goodies
> metapackages, and the xfce-desktop task. *what* are you installing,
> please.

The xfce-desktop task.

I select the packages in the task in aptitude (go down to tasks, and +
the XFCE desktop environment line, then 'g'o
apt-get install foomatic-gui gdm mousepad ... xfce4-terminal ... and a
bunch of other packages I wanted
on a standard system

> > 
> > > Btw are you trying with tasksel, aptitude or apt-get? With or
> > without
> > > recommends?
> > 
> > Either of aptitude and apt-get with recommends (I believe it happens
> > without recommends as well, but I don't recall when I did that
> > test). I
> > first encountered it in aptitude, but another install revealed that
> > apt-get has the same problem.  
> > 
> > If I get the opportunity I will test in a uml box in a few days.
> Well, when reporting bug please give usable information. Especially
> since this seems to be a corner case of packages not maintained by us,
> wether it be gdm or apt/aptitude/tasksel.

Maintainer of aptitude thinks its a bug in apt or aptitude (or both),
but doesn't intend to fix it for lenny, so I thought I'd drop you a
line and let you know that there is something that needs fixing that
affects ONLY xfce users (and thus finding a workaround is probably not
as urgent to anyone who doesn't care about xfce, hence my sending the
bug.  Perhaps I should have just used the mailing list, but I didn't
think of that).

And that's my crabbing done for the day.  Got it out of the way early, 
now I have the rest of the afternoon to sniff fragrant tea-roses or 
strangle cute bunnies or something.   -- Michael Devore
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