The following commit has been merged in the master branch:
commit 0f76510f80316a7d485ae5208863e6bfb9296cf2
Author: Ralf Treinen <>
Date:   Tue Jan 10 21:49:24 2012 +0100

    add long description

diff --git a/debian/control b/debian/control
index c95ee75..b48cbf4 100644
--- a/debian/control
+++ b/debian/control
@@ -16,4 +16,17 @@ Architecture: any
 Depends: ${misc:Depends}, ${ocaml:Depends}, ${shlibs:Depends}
 Provides: ${ocaml:Provides}
 Description: computes the co-installability kernel of a deb or RPM distribution
- Long description: TODO
+ This packages is useful when you are interested in analyzing
+ co-installability of packages in a large package repository.  A set
+ of package is called co-installable if it can be extended to a set
+ that satisfies all inter-package relations (dependencies, conflicts,
+ etc.).
+ .
+ This tool reduces a repository to a much smaller one, its so-called
+ co-installability  kernel, that behaves exactly the same as far as
+ co-installability of package is concerned. This is achieved by
+ - dropping all relations that are not relevant for this purpose
+ - identifying all packages that behave the same.
+ The kernel is typically orders of magnitude smaller than the original
+ repository.

coinst packaging

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