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

On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:32:06AM +0100, Thomas Hood wrote:
> I'll assume that python2.4-minimal Recommending: python2.4 won't be
> enough.

I'd imagine not.

> How about this?  The current python2.4-minimal package contains
> /usr/bin/python2.4.  We would move this to /usr/lib/python2.4/interpreter
> so that it is no longer present on the standard search path.  The full
> python2.4 package would contain a symlink /usr/bin/python2.4 ->
> /usr/lib/python2.4/interpreter to make the interpreter available on the
> path.  python-minimal Depends on python2.4-minimal and contains the
> symlink /usr/bin/python -> /usr/bin/python2.4.  In addition it would
> contain the symlink /usr/lib/python/interpreter ->
> /usr/lib/python2.4/interpreter.  Packages that currently Depend on
> python but use only minimal functionality could Depend on python-minimal
> but they would have to run python using /usr/lib/python/interpreter.
> The stripped down python interpreter would be "hidden" from command-line
> users but would still be available for use by packaged programs.

It seems a bit obscure to me, but honestly, I can't speak for upstream on
this point, only the ones that I specifically discussed with them.

 - mdz

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