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

On Wed, 2006-01-18 at 13:27 -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> 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.

So why does Debian need/want python-minimal?

(This is a question mostly for Matthias, I think, but if you know the
answer that's great.)
Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org>

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