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

On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 02:35:31PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> On Wed, 10 Mar 1999, Hamish Moffatt wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 09, 1999 at 01:20:46PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > > 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 ].
> > 
> > I agree that it is presently essential not to remove it. However,
> > it serves no useful purpose; therefore it is not essential.
> It contains lots of device files. It is essential.

No, the base-files package (effectively) provides those files. New bo,
hamm, slink and potato systems work without that package, therefore it is
not essential. It is essential not to remove it though!

> In this case I don't see why one should remove "base", other than
> making the system aesthetically nicer. Is this the real reason?

Perhaps it is -- I think it is a valid reason anyway. 

Hamish Moffatt VK3TYD              hamish@debian.org, hamish@rising.com.au
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