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Re: Getting rid of circular dependencies, stage 5

Steve Greenland wrote:
> This really seems like something that while they may, very occasionally,
> be required, are mostly unnecessary and often misused.

Rather, I'd characterise it as a feature that is necessary for any
general-purpose depencency-based system to be complete[1], which is
totally safe and does not adversely affect any aspect of the system 
if some simple rules are followed, and which, if used incorrectly, is
still orders of magnitude safer than other dpkg features, such as its
support for setuid files, or its support for postinst scripts that run
arbitrary code at install time.

see shy jo

[1] Regardless of hackarounds like essential packages not needing dependencies.

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