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

On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:22:53AM -0800, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 10:38:08PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> > Ok, but now I'm confused: why is python-minimal needed in Essential?
> > Why not simply depend on it straightforwardly?

> Because there are parts of the packaging system where there is no way to
> express such a dependency relationship, and so only Essential packages can
> be relied upon to be available.

> One example is .config maintainer scripts, some of which are quite complex
> and worth writing in a higher-level language than shell.

I asked this question earlier, and no one answered.  Are there .config
scripts being written in python today in Ubuntu?  (Hmm, where are the python
bindings for debconf, and what ensures that they're installed?)

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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