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Re: Bug #32888: I think this is a bug in apt.

On Fri, 5 Mar 1999, Hamish Moffatt wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 04, 1999 at 02:40:30PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > IMHO, it is not a bug that dpkg lets the user to remove an essential
> > package by using
> > 
> > dpkg --force-remove-essential --remove essentialpackage
> > 
> > It is a bug that the packaging system does it on behalf of the user
> > by asking a simple yes/no question (which is what apt seems to do).
> > 
> > In this case, at least, I would suggest apt to ask the question
> > in such way that "No" is the default answer.
> dpkg should let you do it [...]

No, dpkg does *not* let you do it:

# dpkg --remove gzip
dpkg: error processing gzip (--remove):
 This is an essential package - it should not be removed.
Errors were encountered while processing:

If you think dpkg should let you to do it, submit a bug against
dpkg so that --force-remove-essential is on by default.


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