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Re: Bug#47913: console-tools-libs: Priority required causes dselect problems on serial console machines

On Fri, Nov 12, 1999 at 11:40:05PM +0100, Yann Dirson wrote:
> May I summarize what I understand of the current situation:
> * console-tools (and thus console-tools-libs and console-data) are
>   "Section: base; Priority: required", because it is an important
>   piece of people installing a workstation, and seems as such to fall
>   under the "necessary for the proper functioning of the system"
>   clause in the Policy Manual (think of a non-matching keyboard).
> * I was told we now support installation of serial-console machines
>   (which I did not test), for which the above assumption is obviously
>   false.  
> * I attempted on my system to mark as "purge" the console-* packages,
>   left dselect, re-entered it, and my choices were preserved.

I still don't understand how dselect decides what packages it must
automagically select.  It seems it just marks everything that is required,
standard or important as "install"  How do I mark the console-* packages as
"purge" or "hold" from a script?  

As it stands now, the script does a dpkg --purge to remove console-*, but
entering dselect by default sets them back to "install".

Matt Porter                                   Motorola Computer Group
mporter@mcg.mot.com                           CIBU Linux Support

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