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

On Wed, 2006-01-18 at 11:21 +0100, Thomas Hood wrote:
> Steve Langasek wrote:
> > 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.
> I don't see why.  If python-minimal were included in Debian then some
> packages that currently Depend on python could (if their needs are
> minimal) Depend on python-minimal instead.  This would be an improvement,
> and obtaining this benefit does not require that python-minimal be
> Essential: yes in Debian.

This depends entirely on what's in python-minimal. At 2MB, I have my
doubts that most Python programs/modules in Debian will work.

I agree with Steve. Unless we're going to make this package Essential,
it's kind of pointless (unless compatibility with Ubuntu is a primary
goal -- maybe it should be, but then someone needs to explain why,
because it's not obviosu to me). And I don't see a need to make it
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org>

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