how to have yum prefer one dependency over others

Matyas Selmeci matyas at
Mon Sep 19 15:51:26 UTC 2011

Kevin Kofler wrote on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 01:02:26PM +0200:
> Michael Schroeder wrote:
> > Sounds like you want weak dependencies (i.e. "Suggests" et al).
> In this case, I think disjunctive dependencies (default | virtual), as 
> Matthew Garrett pointed out, are the right solution, not soft dependencies 
> (though those would also be nice).
>         Kevin Kofler
Functionally speaking, what is the difference between a soft dependency
and a disjunctive dependency? How can you satisfy a soft dependency if
you don't know what virtual dependency it is being used to provide?


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