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Re: Essentiality of Bash

On Fri, 25 Jun 2010 14:27:31 -0700, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org>
>On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 10:20:33PM +0200, Marc Haber wrote:
>> On Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:58:58 +0200, Goswin von Brederlow
>> <goswin-v-b@web.de> wrote:
>> >I think for that goal it would be good for lintian to add an exception
>> >to the (build-)depends-on-essential-package-without-using-version check.
>> >That does not mean that bash should stop being essential in Debian any
>> >time soon.
>> I have never understood that rule in the first place. Why am I not
>> allowed to depend on an essential package, it's just clearer
>> documentation, and doesn't hurt.
>> What am I missing?
>The footnote to Policy 3.5, where this is written out?

Ah, so this is the same as the no-circular-dependency rule, dumping
extra error proneness and extra thoughtweight on all developers to
work around shortcomings in our software?

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