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Re: the netbase/inetd conspiracy

On Sat, Sep 21, 2002 at 04:48:32PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Anthony Towns <ajt@debian.org> writes:
> > The plan hasn't changed: "netbase" needs to be removed so we can avoid
> > requiring inetd on all systems [...]
> I don't understand what the reason for this could be... 

Packages that need inetd Depend: on netbase, since netbase used to be
one big package that included an inetd and many other things. Changing
netbase to not include an inetd or Depend: on one breaks all those
packages in a way that can't be reasonably expressed through the
depends/conflicts/provides mechanisms we have. So netbase gets dropped,
and "net-common" (or "net-files" or some similarly named package
which does a fairly similar job to netbase) gets born, minus all the
dependencies that annoy people.

(If you meant the more general question: some people don't need inetd, and
it's fairly easy for us to give them a system without it, thus we should.)


Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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