Re: Bug#769273: bsdutils: Dependency on libsystemd0 violates policy
> or just build without the dependency in the 1st place like it used to be.
> After all it's not like it adds anything that's essential.
Most dependencies don't add anything that's "essential" in the strict
sense. The vast majority of uses of computers aren't essential either,
but that didn't stop us yet. ;-)
IMHO it's maintainer/upstream choice whether to call on the "new" library's
features, even on systems where they are not (yet?) useful.
(Maintaining patches also is busy work if avoidable.)
-- Matthias Urlichs