Re: essential packages and Pre-Depends
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On 16 Feb 1998, James Troup wrote:
> If you think these packages should have Pre-Depends, discuss it
> on debian.devel *THEN* file bugs, not the other way round.
Please, accept my apologies.
Believe me: I thought the gzip case was similar to any other essential
package, because on Tue, 9 Dec 1997 14:01, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Packages that are Essential (ie, ones without which the packaging system
> breaks) should use Pre-Depends for things that they absolutely must have
> to support the packaging system.
According to this, "essential packages are the ones without which
the packaging system breaks".
Since Ian Jackson is the creator of dpkg, THIS is the reason I thought
this had been *already* discussed. So I was *not* filing bug reports
Anyway, I have just closed all the bugs on this issue *except* packages
which had a Pre-Depends line in Debian 1.3.1 but not in hamm. Well,
according to the *strict* policy, there is no need to discuss the removal
of a "Pre-Depends:", only its *addition*, so perhaps I should close those
bugs too ;-)
[ Among those bugs not yet closed: I think that splitting an essential
package containing libs like e2fsprogs is a really bad idea, because it
makes its upgrade to be more weak ].
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