software dependencies files
is an ASCII file used to specify information concerning software dependencies
for a particular package.
The file is created by a software developer.
Each entry in the
file describes a single software package.
The instance of the package is
described after the entry line by giving the package architecture and/or version.
The format of each entry and subsequent instance definition is:
type pkg name
The fields are:
Defines the dependency type.
This must be one of the following:
Indicates a prerequisite for installation, for example, the referenced package
or versions must be installed.
Implies that the existence of the indicated package or version is
incompatible. See also the X tag.
Implies that the existence of the indicated package or version is incompatible.
This tag should be used instead of the I tag.
Indicates a reverse dependency.
Instead of defining the package's own
dependencies, this designates that another package depends on this one.
type should be used only when an old package does not have a
file but it relies on the newer package nonetheless.
Therefore, the present
package should not be removed if the designated old package is still on the
system since, if it is removed, the old package will no longer work.
Indicates a superceding dependency. It should be used when an earlier package has been
superceded by the current package.
Indicates the package abbreviation.
Specifies the full package name.
Here is a sample depend file (for the NFS package):
P base Base System
P nsu Networking Support Utilities
P inet Internet Utilities
P rpc Remote Procedure Call Utilities
P dfs Distributed File System Utilities
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