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Re: Bug#50832: AMENDMENT] Clarify meaning of Essential: yes

On Thu, 9 Dec 1999, Raul Miller wrote:

> Unfortunately, there are some failure modes we don't have enough
> control over.

This is the only point during dpkg's operation where a failure of dpkg is
catastrophic. IMHO essential packages should make a 'best effort' to
ensure that they have the highest possible chance of being functional if
this happens. 

We cannot eliminate entirely the chance that an essential package gets
messed up, but we can make it very very remote.


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