After potato install, why does 1st dselect install so much?
AFTER SEARCHING through about 18 months of debian-user archives and
not finding a related thread, here's a question that's been on my mind
looking for a high-level answer.
Just now I did a fresh install of potato (2.2r2) from CD and chose
[*] Dialup Dialup utilities
[*] Laptop A selection of tools for laptop users
[*] Newbie Help New user documentation
[*] Python Python script development environment
[*] Python Bundle Full distribution of Python
[*] Python Dev Full Python development environment
[*] Python Web Python web application development environm
[*] Sgml SGML and XML authoring and editing
[*] Sgml Dev SGML and XML development environment
Everything seemed OK, judging from having installed slink/potato about
a dozen times before (sometimes just for practice).
After a reboot, I launched dselect and:
- upon entering Select screen, pressed ENTER ("- All packages -")
... 65 newly installed; 89.8MB will be used ...
I don't get it. Why does dselect "want" to install so much, whereas
the operating-system install (from Rescue Disk boot to the "Have Fun!"
message) did not? The main installation routine didn't install such
basic packages as ispell and finger, but somehow those two (and 63
others) were in dselect's "queue" of packages to be installed.
Running dselect a second time doesn't install or delete anything. Is
"flushing" dselect a normal part of installing Debian?
If so, is there a design reason why it's meant to be that way, or did
it evolve (in the negative sense of "evolve"), sort of like some
packages use "Debian Configuration" and others don't?
Rob Cymbala 2nd email: rCymbala@yahoo.com
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