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Re: when and why did python(-minimal) become essential?

On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 12:10:25AM +0100, Matthias Klose wrote:
> Joe Wreschnig writes:
> > On Tue, 2006-01-17 at 09:32 -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > > On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 02:31:47PM +0100, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > > > You're underestimating the grave consequences of losing 25MB off every 
> > > > memory stick and virtual machine.

> > > python-minimal is about two megabytes installed, with no non-Essential
> > > dependencies.

> > > (strictly an observation of fact; I'm not expressing an opinion either way
> > > about the change)

> > The python-minimal I see depends on all of python2.3. In Ubuntu perhaps
> > it's 2MB, but in Debian right now it's almost all of Python.

> correct, the change was made to introduce the package name, so that
> the package doesn't stick in the NEW queue, when we actually do the
> change. two other packages were introduced, so it only needs to be
> approved one time by the FTP masters.

Er... "when we actually do the change"?  Given that python-minimal is
Essential: yes in Ubuntu, the *only* use for this package in Debian (given
that there would be no packages in the wild that depend on it -- the
definition of Essential is that you don't need to depend on it) is if we
make it Essential: yes as well.  Are you claiming that adoption of
python-minimal as an Essential package is a foregone conclusion?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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