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data-dumper missing? (Re: request that base gets testing by test groups

On Thursday 18 November 1999, at 1 h 21, the keyboard of Adam Di Carlo 
<adam@onshore.com> wrote:
> 'base', as you may know, is the set of packages or even partial
> packages built by the boot-floppies.  You can install it even just by
> untarring it and chrooting to it.

And for the people who loves HOWTO (% : ordinary user, # : MUST be done as 

% cd /tmp
% tar xzvf bf-common.tar.gz
# mkdir /spare/debian-root
# cd /spare/debian-root
# tar xzvf /tmp/common/base2_2.tgz
# chroot /spare/debian-root /bin/bash

> The first issue testers should look at is whether perl-base really can
> exist without perl.  I think there are problems here, but no bugs have
> been filed!  

Well, perl-base seems to work, can anyone remind areas where it *may* fail so I can test?

data-dumper is apparently missing from "your" base (it should not). The bug seems to be on ftp.debian.org, where the package is missing, I copy the maintainer of data-dumper for more info.

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