[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?

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Tue Nov 25 07:24:41 UTC 2008

On mar, 2008-11-25 at 02:15 -0500, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
> 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.

Ok so that's a tasksel “problem”. That's where the problem needs a fix.
> I select the packages in the task in aptitude (go down to tasks, and +
> the XFCE desktop environment line, then 'g'o


> or
> apt-get install foomatic-gui gdm mousepad ... xfce4-terminal ... and a
> bunch of other packages I wanted
> on a standard system

Tasksel doesn't use apt-get. It use aptitude -R. So no recommends are
installed. Testing with Recommends will bring you all the crap, yeah.

> 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).

Well, the “fix” needs to go in tasksel, where the package list for
xfce-desktop is. What exactly would you like to see there?

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