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

On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 01:43:53PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:
> > 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.
> Ah, the law of unintended consequences.
> You can't stop that; you can't say "here's the package, but nobody
> should use it".

Fortunately, no one attempted to do that.  What we did do was discuss our
plan with Python upstream and ensure that our treatment of the package
satisfied their concerns.

It's amazing what can be accomplished when both parties actually want to
come to an agreement.

 - mdz

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