Dependency loops considered harmful?

Miroslav Lichvar mlichvar at
Wed Sep 3 16:58:35 UTC 2008


I've noticed that we have quite a lot of dependency loops in
repositories. The current i386 rawhide has 354 packages which are part
of one or more loops.

Is that ok? I've always thought it's something that should be avoided
as it makes life harder for rpm, yum and users trying to manually
install or remove rpms. I even remember few incidents where a loop
caused serious troubles when installing packages with scriptlets.

Full list of the packages is here:

For example, why games data depend on binaries?

What do you think? Are loops something that we should try to avoid?

Miroslav Lichvar

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