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

On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 12:12:07PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> debian-python Cc'ed
> 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

But it really doesn't provide compatibility with Ubuntu unless it's
Essential, given that no packages from Ubuntu are going to be depending on
it (being Essential)?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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