Re: Depends: awk -- Is that required?
* Steve Langasek [2005-11-09 19:25:40-0800]
> awk is "virtually essential": it can't be Essential: yes because that would
> prevent removing mawk in favor of gawk, but awk is a dependency of another
> essential package to ensure that you can use basic awk functionality without
> having to depend on it.
Just to make things a little clearer, the above is the excerpt from the
changelog of 'base-files' (an essential package):
base-files (1.7) unstable; urgency=low
* Added "Depends: awk", so that awk is a "virtual essential package".
[dated as 23 Feb 1998]