Bug#479080: debian-policy: Policy '3.8 Essential packages' does not explain when/why essential is neccessary
Manoj Srivastava wrote:
On Fri, 02 May 2008 17:45:30 +0200, Carl Fürstenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Policy section 3.8, about essential packages, doesn't explain when/why
essential is neccessary, only that it should not be essential if it's
My understanding is that a package is Essential if without it is
impossible to install any more packages to the system -- that is, the
package is required for proper functioning of dpkg. If my understanding
is correct, it should be easy to add in a line about when packages can
be made Essential.
In addition "Essential" is also used not full dependencies with
"obvious" packages. (Policy 3.5)
Ah... the rationale is in footnote 7
which is linked in 3.5.
I think we should split the rationale and put the first part in
3.8. And 3.5 should linke to the section 3.8