Bug#589213: Do not install Exim in minimal system
On Saturday 17 July 2010, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> I eagerly await Bills view on the proposed change for
> popularity-contest, which I believe i a better place to implement the
No, it is not reasonable to ask packages to change functionally correct and
policy-compliant dependencies only because of D-I .
popcon falls back to mail if the HTTP method fails, which does happen
occasionally. Therefore a Recommends of an MTA is reasonable.
Why do you feel the need to second-guess me on this?
I spent several days analyzing the whole issue of Recommends and making
various changes to deal with minor issues that arose from it. All changes
where posted for review and discussed on the d-boot list. popcon is not
the only package that needed an exception, so the --no-recommends option
is needed anyway. Using it for popcon is a perfectly acceptable solution.
So: as the reported issue is already fixed in current daily built D-I
images and as the Recommends in popcon is functionally correct, there is
absolutely zero need to make any changes in popcon.
 The issue in D-I is mainly one of ordering: we install popcon before
running tasksel and installing prio standard packages. The fact that we
uninstall popcon if a user chooses not to participate is another weirdness
in D-I which should not be reason to make any changes in the package.