Lintian Reports (Beta Testing)

W package-superseded-by-perl

This package is also provided by one of the Perl core packages (perl, perl-base, perl-modules), and the core version is at least as new as this one.

The package should either be upgraded to a newer upstream version or removed from the archive as unnecessary. In the removal case, any versioned dependencies on this package must first be changed to include the Perl core package (because versioned dependencies are not satisfied by provided packages).

The recommended way to express the dependency without needless complications on backporting packages is to use alternative dependencies. The perl package should be the preferred alternative and the versioned dependency a secondary one.

Example: perl (>= 5.10.0) | libmodule-build-perl (>= 0.26)

Running cme fix dpkg -from control -filter Depends should be able to update these dependencies.

Refer to Debian Policy Manual section 7.5 (Virtual packages - Provides) for details.

Severity: warning

Check: fields/version

These source packages in the archive trigger the tag.