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Bug 28606 - modutils requires vixie-cron
modutils requires vixie-cron
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: modutils (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-02-21 09:14 EST by Binand Sethumadhavan
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:19 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-02-21 10:21:12 EST
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Description Binand Sethumadhavan 2001-02-21 09:14:04 EST
rpm -q --whatrequires vixie-cron tells me that modutils-2.3.9-6
requires it. IMHO, that is bad - it ties users to one particular cron
implementation. I encountered this while trying to install dillon-cron
on my system.

It would be nice if vixie-cron provided a virtual package like
sendmail/apache etc. do, and other packages used that one.

On second thoughts, why does modutils require a cron daemon at all?
None of the other packages that put files in /etc/cron.* directories
has this requirement (and there are six of them in total on my minimal
RHL 6.2 installation).
Comment 1 Daniel Roesen 2001-02-21 10:21:08 EST
Having a crond is compulsary for auto-removal of unused kernel modules (the kmod
cron job). But I agree that there should be a virtual package "crond".
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2001-02-21 11:51:34 EST
We may add a virtual package if we ship a different cron daemon anywhere.

In any case, the requirement is not going away unless the cron script does.
Comment 3 Binand Sethumadhavan 2001-02-21 11:59:53 EST
Agreed, but having a cron daemon is also compulsory for tmpwatch etc. but they
don't have this additional dependency. And anyway, they needn't be tied to
one particular cron implementation.

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