Re: Question about having an always clean base system in Debian Sid
Le jeudi 04 février 2010 à 17:01 +0100, Frans Pop a écrit :
> I very much doubt that that would gain much support. Count me against.
> Users are supposed to be able to do basic system admin for their systems.
> If they're not able to do that, well, that's their problem and certainly
> not a reason to mess around with basic aspects of the package management
Totally agree with you, but how can I identify packages that are no
longer part of the base system unless knowing every package on my
machine (which is impossible on a standard desktop install)?
Note that Ubuntu has a mechanism to keep the base system up to date:
ubuntu-minimal and ubuntu-standard metapackages (and also ubuntu-desktop
for a larger desktop system). What I reproach to their approach is that
maintainers have to change the priority of old packages and remove them
from the dependencies of the metapackage which makes them do twice the
> Your proposal, although it may work, falls in the category "hack" (I wrote
> "ugly hack" first, but that's maybe a bit strong). Feel free to document it
> as an option somewhere, but I suggest you stop promoting it as something
> to do by default.
OK, consider it was my last message unless you decide to discuss about
Thanks to have read me and answered telling clearly what you think.
PS: @Frans, sorry for the private message, mistake when replying.