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

On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 11:21:32AM +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,

This is something that Python upstream explicitly does not want; the only
reason for creating python-minimal was so that it could be Essential: yes,
not to support stripped-down Python installations.

 - mdz

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