Re: POSIX shell; bash ash pdksh & /bin/sh
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On 3 Aug 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Santiago> I don't buy the idea of an "implied promise". Other
> Santiago> essential packages have been downgraded to required, and
> Santiago> nobody *ever* talked about "implied promises". Yes, bash is
> Santiago> *currently* more important than those packages, but the
> Santiago> difference here is only cuantitative, not qualitative.
> Please refresh my memory. The only package so downgreaded, in
> case you have forgotten, was made into a virtual package that also
> was a dependency of an essential package; and the reasons for doing
> so were that other packages could provide it.
> Does not look like no one raised a fuss. To all intents and
> practices, an awk package is essential.
No awk package was ever essential, at least not in Debian 1.3.1.
No awk package was *downgraded* from essential to non-essential.
However, I have not heard any horror stories about a package to
break because of awk not being in the system. Why not? Because mawk was
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