Quoting Sven Joachim (email@example.com): > > The problem probably comes from makedev being an extra package now > > while it was essential in the past. > > I cannot remember makedev ever being essential, though it used to be > required. Well, the result is about the same: the package maintainer scripts were assuming it to be available without relying on a dependency. > > > So, the solution is probably adding it to Depends (or Pre-Depends? I > > need to check the policy about this). > > No, makedev serves absolutely no useful purpose on 99% of all Debian > systems. The right solution is to only call MAKEDEV if it is available. Erm, the point is not turning makedev into an essential package or have it installed on every Debian system, but having capiutils (and the few other binary packages from isdnutils) depend on it because it needs a call to MAKEDEV in postinst. So, makedev would then be installed on every system.....that has one of these packages.
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