Re: Bug#493938: ca-certificates needs mktemp without depending on it.
> FWIW, etch's debianutils depends on mktemp, and debianutils was
> essential in sarge too.
I've seen this exact problem once before this time as well, but it was in the middle of a rushed
upgrade of another old machine so I just installed mktemp and let it go without reporting it.
The system started out as either woody or possibly as old as potato, then went to testing/unstable ever since.
$ apt-cache dumpavail | grep -E '^(Essential|Package)' | grep -B 1 Essential | sed -n 's/Package: \(.*\)/\1/p' | xargs dpkg -l
shows that all the other Essential packages are properly installed, so not sure how mktemp slipped
through the cracks. The same goes for Priority: required - they're all installed, aside from mktemp.
It's looking to me that the only people who are going to see this is people who have been running
testing/unstable for a long time, so this bug can likely be closed - no supported configuration should
ever hit it.