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Bug#45121: dpkg: No option to rebuild /usr from /var/state

On Wed, Sep 15, 1999 at 10:27:56 -0400, Clint Adams wrote:
> It doesn't work so well when there's no /cdrom?

Hrmpf. dpkg is the low-level packaging tool, it needs to be fed the location
of packages. The bug report was complaining that dpkg missed functionality;
I showed it already possessed that functionality through a concrete example.
Of course, for the sake of convenience, there should be a way to get it
through a higher-level tool like apt or dselect, but that's beside the real
point: dpkg already has what one needs to restore the system in the type of
situation the reporter described.

LEADERSHIP  A form of self-preservation exhibited by people with auto-
destructive imaginations in order to ensure that when it comes to the crunch 
it'll be someone else's bones which go crack and not their own.       
- The Hipcrime Vocab by Chad C. Mulligan    

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