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

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On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:02:32PM -0600, Joe Wreschnig wrote:
> > 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.)

Some reasons:

  * compatability with Ubuntu -- so that packages can be easily ported back
    and forth between us and them; I expect most of the work ubuntu might do
    on improving boot up will require python-minimal

  * allowing us to easily use python (as well as C, C++ and perl) for programs
    in the base system

  * allowing us to provide python early on installs to make users happier

I don't know what's actually in (or more importantly not in)
python2.4-minimal though.

I think unless there's a bit more discussion about this I'll remove the
python-minimal package, and encourage Joerg to be a bit more careful
before accepting it again. If it's not going to be in base or required,
or even more minimal than python2.3, I can't see much point to keeping
it around.


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