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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.

On Thu, Dec 09, 1999 at 01:41:51PM -0700, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> 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.

Good point.


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