Re: non-essential required packages
On Thu, 2 Nov 2000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> Hello world,
> On priorities, amongst other things, policy says:
> `required' packages are necessary for the proper functioning of
> the system. You must not remove these packages or your system
> may become totally broken and you may not even be able to use
> `dpkg' to put things back. Systems with only the `required'
> packages are probably unusable, but they do have enough
> functionality to allow the sysadmin to boot and install more
For a long time this has not been the case. We can change the definition
of `required' to match reality, instead of downgrading a lot of packages.