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Bug#497304: general: packages cannot be partially installed

On Sun, 2008-08-31 at 19:08 +0100, Mark Hobley wrote:
> There is an annoying flaw in the design of the Debian package management 
> system, which means that packages cannot be partially installed. This 
> limits the flexibility of Debian based systems when it comes to mixed 
> installations or installation on embedded or resource constrained 
> systems.

This is being partly addressed by the Emdebian project and the future
introduction of 'tdebs' (translation packages).

The more general feature is 'classes' <http://www.dpkg.org/dpkg/Classes>
and this may be implemented some day, but don't hold your breath.  I've
merged this bug with earlier similar requests.


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