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Re: Testing the new boot floppies

Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> > I personally think we have a lot of gaps in what is installed by the
> > task-* packages, but I haven't heard too many complaints.
> Tasksel already installs all required and important packages, which must
> fill most of the holes.

No, it doesn't.

There must be an option to select standard packages, or else people
will end up with the *wrong* standard packages installed due to badly
ordered alternatives in the dependencies of the packages installed by

For example, I did an install with tasksel.  I selected the SGML
tasks.  PSGML depends on:

Depends: emacs19 | emacs20 | xemacs21, sgml-base, sgml-data

Therefore I got emacs19.  (of course we shouldn't even have emacs19 in
the distribution at this point, but that's not relevant here)

I wouldn't mind making task-gnu-emacs and task-xemacs packages to fix
this particular problem, but this is just one example of what can

Also there are some Standard packages that everyone who has ever used
GNU expects to be installed ... the first one that comes to mind is
'less', but I'm sure there are others.

I will have to advise people to use dselect unless this is fixed, and
I really don't want to do that.

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