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Re: e2fsprogs not esential anymore?

On 2010-03-14 20:34 +0100, Neil Williams wrote:

> On Sun, 14 Mar 2010 11:25:08 -0700
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
>> On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 06:04:16PM +0000, Neil Williams wrote:
>> > Personally, I'm not that fussed about Essential anymore - Emdebian just
>> > removes the tag from any and every package automatically. No ill effects
>> > have been identified so far. Sometimes I wonder if Debian actually
>> > needs Essential any more for anything particularly useful or
>> > commonplace.
>> Then you clearly don't understand the purpose of Essential.
> I understand the theory, I've just never seen the practical purpose of
> the current mechanism. Yes, it shortens Depends: lines but if the
> dependencies are not listed and the Essential tag is omitted, what
> actually goes wrong?

The user removes the package and breaks their system.


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