[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] Bug#527140: virtualbox-ose-qt: Strange package relationships with virtualbox-ose
elendil at planet.nl
Tue May 5 20:48:17 UTC 2009
On Tuesday 05 May 2009, Frans Pop wrote:
> I decided to try out the qt interface for the first time. While
> installing it I noticed some things in the package that
> surprised/confused me.
Hmm. I now see where my confusion comes from. The QT interface isn't new
(of course it isn't).
The change IIUC is that virtualbox-ose is now a package without graphical
frontend while the graphical frontend is provided by the -qt package. In
itself that makes a lot of sense, but I wonder if this isn't going to
cause major confusion with users upgrading from an older virtualbox-ose
It's only by chance that I installed the -qt package at the same time as
upgrading the base package. If I hadn't, I would suddenly have lost the
"virtualbox" command and the frontend. Without any warning at all!
IMO the upgrade path should be cleaner. For Squeeze I'd suggest renaming
the new virtualbox-ose to virtualbox-ose-nox ("no X.Org" ), and either
rename virtualbox-ose-qt back to virtualbox-ose or create a new dummy
package virtualbox-ose that depends on virtualbox-ose-qt.
IMO the first option makes most sense as most users will expect the
graphical frontend when they install "virtualbox-ose". (If alternative
graphical frontends are expected, keeping the name virtualbox-ose-qt
would make sense).
If you choose the second option, you would then have the option for
Squeeze + 1 of dropping the dummy package. And possibly rename
virtualbox-ose-nox to virtualbox-ose.
Note that the comments in my original report are still valid.
 Note that for example vlc also uses that naming convention.
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