stupid dependencies

Matthew Saltzman mjs at
Sat Sep 9 16:06:06 UTC 2006

On Sat, 9 Sep 2006, Martin Marques wrote:

> I was updating one FC5 workstation we have, conected with a wireless AP. I 
> was really shocked when I say that bind was about to be updated.
> First I thought that it may not be the named server, but some libs necesary 
> for name resolution, so I tried to remove it.
> evolution, NetworkManager, NetworkManager-glib, etc. will be removed.
> Why in earth would any of these packages depende on bind?

# rpm -q --whatrequires bind

I don't see the dependency chain to evolution.  NetworkManager wants to 
use a caching nameserver (generally a good thing to do with a laptop that 
migrates from network to network[1]), but in fact it doesn't require one 
anymore.  It will use the nameservers provided by DHCP if bind is off.

[1] I once went into Laptop Lane, but I couldn't connect to anything using 
their network.  Turns out they don't provide name servers!

 		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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