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

On Wed, Jan 18, 2006 at 09:56:59PM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 12:12:07PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> >   * 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
> Please note that it is against upstream's explicit wishes for -minimal to be
> installed for users as part of a package selection which does not also
> include the full python package.  

URL? I have trouble distinguishing that from "Upstream says python-minimal
must Depend: on python."

> In Ubuntu, we've split the package in
> order to make -minimal essential, but never install it alone (both are part
> of base).

Then what's the benefit of having python(-minimal) be essential at all?

> We basically reviewed the available modules and picked out the ones that
> we thought would be useful in an Essential context, with a goal of having no
> external non-Essential dependencies.


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