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RFC: Replacing vim-tiny with nano in essential packages


I would like to suggest to replace vim-tiny with nano as the default minimal
editor installed with debootstrap and therefore debian-installer.

The rationale behind that suggestion is that the vim package is becoming more
and more complex and hence more prone to build failures as can be seen from
the current build logs [1] as compared to nano [2].

Debian Ports is affected by this problem in particular because we don't have
the cruft feature in mini-DAK [3], so every time I build a debian-installer
image and forget checking whether vim build successfully on every architecture,
the particular debian-installer image becomes unusable because debootstrap
cannot install vim-tiny as its version mismatches the version of vim-common.

Thus, my suggestion would be to replace vim-tiny with nano in the list of
essential packages unless there is any feature in vim-tiny that makes its
availability in a minimal debootstrap essential.


PS: Please keep me CC'ed, I'm not subscribed to debian-devel.

> [1] https://buildd.debian.org/status/package.php?p=vim&suite=unstable
> [2] https://buildd.debian.org/status/package.php?p=nano&suite=unstable
> [3] https://lists.debian.org/debian-sparc/2017/12/msg00060.html

 .''`.  John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
: :' :  Debian Developer - glaubitz@debian.org
`. `'   Freie Universitaet Berlin - glaubitz@physik.fu-berlin.de
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