Bug#497304: general: packages cannot be partially installed
On Sun, 2008-08-31 at 19:08 +0100, Mark Hobley wrote:
> There is an annoying flaw in the design of the Debian package management
> system, which means that packages cannot be partially installed. This
> limits the flexibility of Debian based systems when it comes to mixed
> installations or installation on embedded or resource constrained
This is being partly addressed by the Emdebian project and the future
introduction of 'tdebs' (translation packages).
The more general feature is 'classes' <http://www.dpkg.org/dpkg/Classes>
and this may be implemented some day, but don't hold your breath. I've
merged this bug with earlier similar requests.