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Re: mawk is a required package but I have replaced it with gawk

On Sat, 19 Jul 2003, Dan Jacobson wrote:

> I was thinking that to have a "valid" debian system, all "required"
> packages must be installed.

That's true for essential package, but required != essential.

> I'm just going from the feeling of the word "required".  I'm no
> debian pro.  I mean if the Space Shuttle took off without some
> "required packages" on board, there might be legal ramifications.

Legal ramifications? The default /etc/motd in Debian says:

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.

Either you didn't install Debian yet, or you don't understand how free
software works.

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