IMPORTANT: What can we do about the base package?
I think I've asked this before on debian-devel, but got essentially no
The next release will obsolete the base package. Some stuff will go into
base-files, some stuff will go into base-passwd, and some stuff will go
into no package at all.
This especially includes *all* the devices. (I think there are also some
directories still in base's file list. And if we get a base-passwd that
doesn't contain passwd, but generates it on the fly, then purging base
might even remove passwd!)
I see two problems here.
1. We need to get people to actually install the replacement packages.
2. We need to find a way to purge the base package without hosing the
I suspect that this will need some trickery with the dpkg databases. I'm
not a dpkg expert, so I'm not proposing solutions, only pointing out