Re: when and why did python(-minimal) become essential?
On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 07:21:07PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> 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."
I don't have a URL; this came out of a discussion in person with Anthony
Baxter, though, who you could email for confirmation if you like.
The Python community dislikes the idea of people being given a
/usr/bin/python that doesn't include the standard library. This causes
confusion for their users.
> > 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?
So that the Python language, and select pieces of the standard library, can
be used in contexts where only essential packages can be relied upon to