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Bug#282335: Deliver us from dselect

On Sun, Nov 21, 2004 at 01:28:53PM +0100, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
> On 10115 March 1977, David Weinehall wrote:

You might want to set the time on your computer...

> > Please remove dpkg's pre-dependency on dselect, thus making it possible
> > to change Priority of dselect to something other than required.
> Hell no, dselect is one of the best things in Debian, used daily.
> (And I know enough people using it and enough Newbies preferring dselect
> over aptitude and other apt-frontends, just because dselect is much
> easier to learn.)

Well, just because you prefer it and use it doesn't necessarily mean
that everyone should suffer from having to lug around that baggage, just
like you probably wouldn't want aptitude to be a required package.

I find it quite amusing that apt, generally regarded by non-Debianers
as the greatest thing with Debian (something that is not true of course,
the greatest thing with Debian is the multitude of quality packages,
the DFSG and our fantastic Developer-community...), is only Priority:
important, while dselect is Priority: required.

I have yet to meet a newbie in real life that found dselect easy to use,
but had problems with aptitude/synaptic/whatever...

Still, I'm not advocating dropping dselect altogether, I just want it
possible for us non-dselect-loving Debian-users to remove it from our
machines (or indeed, to never have it installed in the first place).

> (Im unfortunately not a good C/C++ programmer or I would help with
> dselect).

Good sentiment.

Regards: David Weinehall
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