reassign 608807 libdnet
severity 608807 important
retitle 608807 libdnet: library should only suggest dnet-common

On Mon, Jan 03, 2011 at 09:54:16AM -0700, Bob Proulx wrote:
A dist-upgrade today upgraded ices2.  The new dependencies pulled in
dnet-common, libdnet, libroar0, and muroard which caused the machine
to set the ethernet address to aa:0:4:0:a:4 from its previous address.
This of course caused the network to be problematic until the arp
caches timed out.  The package changing the ethernet address appears
to be dnet-common which is now a dependency of ices2.

Does ices2 really need to have decnet installed and configured?

The newest ices2 supports libroar, which supports libdnet.

What seems wrong to me is not that linkage, but instead that the _library_ libdnet recommends the (apparent) _daemon_ dnet-common.

When dnet-common apparently affect the running system by default, I believe it is wrong to claim that libdnet use it "in all but unusual installations" - which is the definition of "Requires" according to Debian Policy ยง7.2.

It seems to me that libdnet should only suggest dnet-common.

Or alternatively (and less favored IMO), that dnet-common should not activate any of its system-affecting features by default.

 - Jonas

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