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inetd packaging



I am new to Debian and hope to contribute in some way. I have some
free time and a bit of engineering (C/FORTRAN) programming experience.
It seems the best thing to start would be to help with packaging, etc.
issues. I am now comfortable with installing/package management/bug
reporting so I have my first question.

Debian policy states that /etc/inetd.conf should only be modified by
update-inetd (Section 11.2).

/etc/inetd.conf is supplied by preinst control script in openbsd-inetd package.

update-inetd script is supplied in netbase package.

Why are /etc/inetd.conf and its associated script update-inetd in
separate packages?

I have this question because the Hurd project has caught my attention.
Apparently it is a project that is experimental (the basics are still
being defined) but has enough attention to have its own distribution.
Although it might never see the status of a full distribution, it does
help to bring out questions such as that above.

Regards,
Stephen Liebbe

PS: I have submitted a bug report (#389277) about this but am
concerned that perhaps other issues intrude.



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