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Bug#947847: please install systemd-sysusers using update-alternatives

On 1/29/20 8:19 PM, Simon McVittie wrote:
> - Linux systems not booted with systemd
>   (either no init system at all, like a typical schroot or Docker
>   container, or a non-systemd init system like sysvinit)

This is very much one type of systems I have in mind, yes, and
open{sysusers,tmpfiles} could help to make them smaller. Just pulling
the whole systemd stack to add system users seems too much for very
little benefits.

> I think we have a fairly good picture of the costs that would be
> incurred from using alternatives: more interacting code paths to test,
> potentially more configurations that are technically possible but are
> not considered supported, and packages with "Depends: systemd (>= 321)"
> (or indeed systemd itself, in the case of systems using it to boot)
> not being able to rely on having access to all systemd 321 features,
> which doesn't seem like a least-astonishment situation to be in. However,
> Michael, or anyone else opposing this change: if you have anything to
> add to those, please do.

We don't need to do "Depends: systemd (>= 321)", we could have a virtual
package provided by both implementations.


Thomas Goirand (zigo)

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