FAQ: Essential vs. Required
As I see people like Richard Braakman asking question  on the
difference between "Essential:yes" and "Priority: required" on
email@example.com, I decided to add a simple note after the explanation of
"Priority: required" in my "Debian Reference"(CVS).
Since FAQ contains exactly the same contents around here, can I update
FAQ by inserting after line 229 of pkg_basics.sgml? Can this be phrased
Here is diff of my "Debian Reference".
RCS file: /cvsroot/qref/qref/en/system.sgml,v
retrieving revision 1.48
diff -u -r1.48 system.sgml
--- system.sgml 1 Jul 2003 16:28:03 -0000 1.48
+++ system.sgml 2 Aug 2003 22:35:42 -0000
@@ -648,6 +648,10 @@
restore things. Systems with only the Required packages are probably
inadequate for most purposes, but they do have enough functionality to
allow the sysadmin to boot and install more software.
+ <p>Please note that "Priority: required" could be used to mark those
+ packages which should be essential but can't be marked as
+ "Essential: yes" in the package description field, e.g.,
+ <package>libc6</package> or <package>mawk</package>.
<item><strong>Important</strong> packages should be found on any Unix-like
<p>Other packages without which the system will not run well or be usable