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Re: Bug#100996: To Stephen

On Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 10:26:39PM -0600, Matt Kraai wrote:
> This information should be kept within the packages themselves (or
> some override file).

For reference, I've got an updated version of debootstrap (0.2.1) that
mostly does this. It treats priority: required as $required, and priority:
important as $base, and then makes a few further modifications.

There are a few problems with this that might be addressable in the future:

	* ppp, dhcp, pppoe, pcmcia-cs etc should be in base for some people,
	  but certainly aren't "important"

	* some packages are important on one arch, but not on others

These're just handled by exceptions for the moment, and'll continue
to be for a while yet. The former would probably want some changes in
how b-f's call debootstrap (which might get a bit complicated), and
the latter would require changes to the override files (which would be
complicated from the outset).

The groff/groff-base issue and kin will work fine though.


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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