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Re: New ncurses packages...

david@elo.ods.com (David Engel), in a magnificent manifestation of deity, wrote:
>> that the system is never so broken that it can't recover, and so we
>> need to make sure that essential packages which are merely unpacked
>> and not configured are sufficiently un-broken to support the rest of
>> the installation procedure.
>I think this is a problem.  Here is one scenario which hopefully
>illustrates my point.  Libgdbm1 is (as I understand it) essential
>since it is needed by perl which is needed by many postinst scripts.

This matter concerned me some and I couldn't quite figure out why.  This
helps.  Should I, as perl maintainer, be worrying about Pre-Depends?  I
would only have to be worried about this if any of the essential packages
that will use Pre-Depends use Perl in their postinst.  Is this a correct

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