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Re: Experimental base-passwd redesign

On Sun, 7 Sep 1997, Jean Pierre LeJacq wrote:

> On Sat, 6 Sep 1997, Erik Andersen wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 06, 1997 at 06:03:05PM -0600, Galen Hazelwood wrote:
> > > update-passwd is a C program, making the base-passwd package no longer
> > > architecture-independent.  Another option would be to separate
> > > update-passwd into its own package, leave only the {passwd,group}.master
> > > files in base-passwd, and have the base-passwd postinst only call
> > > update-passwd if it sees it installed.  The problem with that is it
> > > creates package bloat (two packages instead of one) and may just not be
> > > worth it.
> > 
> > Could your update-passwd program be easy written in perl?  That would 
> > make it architecture independent, and the base Debian system already
> > depends on perl.  Just a thought (i.e. not a request).
> Please don't.  I find it disturbing that I have to install such a
> large package as perl to get even a minimal Debian system up.  With a
> little pruning, I was able to eliminate all packages depending on perl
> except for dpkg-ftp.  Hopefully Diety will eliminate this dependency.
I agree 100%.

In addition, while a C program is not architecture independent, when a
binary is compiled for a particular architecture (and I see no reason for
this program to be any more difficult than others to "port") the resulting
program is (with the exception of shared libraries) package independent,
making it useful much earlier in the install process.


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