Bug#681562: debian-policy: Consolidate the definition of the "base system".
the "base system" is defined in section 3.7 (chapter 3 describes binary
packages). It consists of packages of priorities "required" and "important",
and these priorities are defined in section 2.5 (chapter 2 describes the Debian
archive). The Policy contains the following additional statements about the
The system-wide mail directory is <file>/var/mail</file>. This directory is
part of the base system and should not be owned by any particular mail agents.
The Debian base system provides the <prgn>tempfile</prgn> and
<prgn>mktemp</prgn> utilities for use by scripts for this purpose.
If a package needs any special device files that are not included in the base
system, it must call <prgn>MAKEDEV</prgn> in the <prgn>postinst</prgn> script,
after notifying the user.
<footnote> The Debian base system already provides an editor and a pager
The mail spool is part of the base system and not part of the MTA package.
I filed this bug as a reminder to try to consolidate the definition of
the "base system" in Policy version 4.
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan