Bug#589213: Do not install Exim in minimal system
> And on what do you base that statement?
I base it on many years of experience with debian installer and mine
observations of its inner workings. And as far as I know there is
nothing in debian-installer asking for exim to be installed. The
packages installed is mostly decided by debootstrap, tasksel, the
archive priorities and the set of dependencies and recommends of the
packages in Debian, as far as I know. The d-i packages request a few
packages to be installed, but exim is not one of them.
> To make things simple: it's false.
I trust you to know the facts better than me, and if you believe you
have sensible way to solve this in d-i, I am happy to be wrong. :)
> There are differences in the way Recommends are handled and options
> to tune whether Recommends are installed in some stages.
Sure. That is correct. Not quite sure why that would be related to a
correct fix for this, given that Debian is moving to installing
recommended packages by default, and d-i is moving in the same
> Please make some effort to understand how things work before making
> wild guesses.
I've spent an effort over several years to understand how d-i is
working, but thank you for voicing your concern.