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Re: IMPORTANT: What can we do about the base package?

'Joey Hess wrote:'
>Tony Finch:
>> The main problem is the device files in /dev. These are created by the
>> makedev package, but are not in its file list. They _are_ in base's
>> file list, so removing base is a bad thing to do without a great deal
>> of care.
>> Would it be possible to incorporate a really gross hack into makedev
>> that `manually' removes the base package (so long as base-files and
>> base-passwd are installed) without dpkg getting involved (i.e. by
>> removing its files from /var/lib/dpkg/info and editing
>> /var/lib/dpkg/status)? This idea will probably give Ian a fit...
>How about releasing an update of the base package that contains no files,
>but instead runs MAKEDEV to generate the files in /dev? Then after you
>install it, you can unistall it safely, without killing /dev.

What happens if it gets installed before base-passwd or base-files?

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