Package alternatives?

Henning Sprang henning.sprang at
Wed May 25 09:10:19 CEST 2011

if you build the B packages yourself, let them provide the name of A. I
didnt do packaging a while but it is possible that package a provides b.

Not sure how to achieve the right priority, though.
Maybe let the new repository have higher priority in apt pinning?


Am 25.05.2011 09:03 schrieb "Steffen Grunewald" <
steffen.grunewald at>:
> We're in the process of replacing some packages ("A") by specially built
> ones ("B"), which will be named slightly differently, to avoid confusion.
> For FAI this means that we want to
> "install package B if it already exists, otherwise use A".
> How can this be achieved?
> Cheers,
> Steffen
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