On 14/04/18 20:33, Colin Watson wrote:
On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 03:40:14PM +0930, David Newall wrote:
Is it truly intended that openssh-server version X only works with the same
version openssh-client?  The package dependency listed as such seems bogus.
I go so far as to claim that there's no reason why installing the server
requires any client to be installed.  Am I wrong?  This is a bug.
It's not completely perfect, but it saves on creating an openssh-common
package for the functionality shared by both (e.g. /etc/ssh/moduli,
/usr/bin/ssh-keygen, common documentation).  Extra binary packages
constitute a small incremental cost for all Debian users (in terms of
added Packages file size, etc.); depending on openssh-client is a small
cost for the minority of users who need the server and specifically care
about not having the client.  And it means I don't have to worry about
odd edge cases like the status of /usr/bin/scp (which needs /usr/bin/ssh
to function as a client, but is also required on a server that you want
to scp to/from).

I chose this trade-off when I split the client and server into separate
packages, and reviewing it 14 years later I'm still OK with it.

I wish you wouldn't.  Creating an openssh-common package is hardly a big deal, so you've saved as good as nothing.  You don't know what reasons somebody might have to need different client and server versions.  If somebody cannot use one of your sub-packages, don't force them to stop using all of them.

Reply via email to