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Bug#479080: debian-policy: Policy '3.8 Essential packages' does not explain when/why essential is neccessary

On Fri, 02 May 2008 17:45:30 +0200, Carl Fürstenberg <azatoth@gmail.com>

> Policy section 3.8, about essential packages, doesn't explain when/why
> essential is neccessary, only that it should not be essential if it's
> not necessary.

        My understanding is that a package is Essential if without it is
 impossible to install any more packages to the system -- that is, the
 package is required for proper functioning of dpkg. If my understanding
 is correct, it should be easy to add in a line about when packages can
 be made Essential.

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