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Bug#767999: base-files: fails to install with pre-jessie debootstrap

Hi Santiago,

On Mittwoch, 5. November 2014, Santiago Vila wrote:
> Adam Borowski, STOP this insanity!

It seems to me that you are quite upset about this bug, yet I fail to see why, 
really. A bug is nothing bad, it's just an id to track things...

Also, you ignored a quite significant part of Adams mail:

On Mittwoch, 5. November 2014, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > For the umpteenth time: This is a bug in debootstrap [...]
> Even if it was, there's no way an updated version of debootstrap gets to
> machines of a significant part of users.  An upload to stable can apply
> only to those running an up-to-date version of wheezy.
> How do you propose changing debootstrap on already burned CDs?  How do you
> propose updating squeeze, current and past versions of Ubuntu, Knoppix,
> GRML, etc (live CDs often get used to install Debian).  Heck, even Red Hat
> does include debootstrap packages -- how can you update that?  And without
> working debootstrap, forget about Debian containers, etc.

Santiago, what do you propose to do about these user? Not care? Ignore those 


So, I'd also propose to revert this in base-files _and_ then also fix it in 
debootstrao for jessie.

BTW, I also fail to see why this change in base-files is _needed_ _now_ at 

Not surprisingly, just saying Adams proposal is insane didnt really convince 
me. OTOH, I too can see the problems pointed out by him...


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