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Re: Bug #32888: The old `base' package.

On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Hamish Moffatt wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 11:45:35AM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > base was not "essential in the past".
> > base is still essential now for people who have it installed.
> It is only essential now because removing it would hose the system.
> It is othrewise unimportant; base-files and base-password provide
> the exact same functionality.
> IMHO, it is not essential.

This is contradictory. If removing it would hose the system, then it has a
good reason to be essential.

The fact that new systems do not have a package named "base" does not mean
this package is not essential for systems having it installed.
[ Proof: Remove it and see what happens ].

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