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