How to remove a *sub*package at end of life ?

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Thu Jun 13 12:30:47 UTC 2013

On Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:35:24 +0200, Miloslav Trmač wrote:

> OTOH, if the user installs $package and after an upgrade the package
> is gone and the functionality is gone as well, the upgrade _has
> failed_, in a very real sense. 

Replace $package with $feature, and you get a similar scenario where
nothing much can be done either. A new version of a program drops
certain features and might hit the user by surprise. Also, in enough
situations it cannot be guaranteed that a "orphan" subpackage would
still work. It might crash at run-time, if it isn't obsoleted=removed
during an upgrade.

And what about the Release Notes? Obsolete packages ought to be commented
on in there. Even more so if they are not replaced with anything

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