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Bug#616302: marked as done (openssh-server: some xauth dependency issue)

Your message dated Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:08:02 +0000
with message-id <20110303130802.GH31494@riva.ucam.org>
and subject line Re: Bug#616302: openssh-server: some xauth dependency issue
has caused the Debian Bug report #616302,
regarding openssh-server: some xauth dependency issue
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Package: openssh-server
Version: 1:5.5p1-6
Severity: minor

openssh-server depends on xauth.
When i select in installer's tasksel only ssh-server, i see xauth with some X11 stuff.
I think it's wrong. For example, on mail server or network gateway xauth and libx11 will never used.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686-bigmem (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=ru_RU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=ru_RU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages openssh-server depends on:
ii  adduser                 3.112+nmu2       add and remove users and groups
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]         Debian configuration management sy
ii  dpkg                  Debian package management system
ii  libc6                   2.11.2-10        Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libcomerr2              1.41.12-2        common error description library
ii  libgssapi-krb5-2        1.8.3+dfsg-4     MIT Kerberos runtime libraries - k
ii  libkrb5-3               1.8.3+dfsg-4     MIT Kerberos runtime libraries
ii  libpam-modules          1.1.1-6.1        Pluggable Authentication Modules f
ii  libpam-runtime          1.1.1-6.1        Runtime support for the PAM librar
ii  libpam0g                1.1.1-6.1        Pluggable Authentication Modules l
ii  libselinux1             2.0.96-1         SELinux runtime shared libraries
ii  libssl0.9.8             0.9.8o-4squeeze1 SSL shared libraries
ii  libwrap0                7.6.q-19         Wietse Venema's TCP wrappers libra
ii  lsb-base                3.2-23.2squeeze1 Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  openssh-blacklist       0.4.1            list of default blacklisted OpenSS
ii  openssh-client          1:5.5p1-6        secure shell (SSH) client, for sec
ii  procps                  1:3.2.8-9        /proc file system utilities
ii  zlib1g                  1: compression library - runtime

Versions of packages openssh-server recommends:
ii  openssh-blacklist-extra       0.4.1      list of non-default blacklisted Op
ii  xauth                         1:1.0.4-1  X authentication utility

Versions of packages openssh-server suggests:
pn  molly-guard                   <none>     (no description available)
pn  rssh                          <none>     (no description available)
pn  ssh-askpass                   <none>     (no description available)
pn  ufw                           <none>     (no description available)

-- debconf information excluded

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--- Begin Message ---
tags 616302 wontfix

On Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 03:45:47PM +0500, stanislav.v.v@gmail.com wrote:
> openssh-server depends on xauth.

Actually, no, it Recommends xauth.  Here's what the policy manual says
about Recommends:

  This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.

  The Recommends field should list packages that would be found together
  with this one in all but unusual installations.

I think this applies to openssh-server -> xauth.  It causes a good deal
of confusion when it's absent, and it's often appropriate even on
servers (e.g. to run just the occasional graphical administration tool).

> When i select in installer's tasksel only ssh-server, i see xauth with
> some X11 stuff.
> I think it's wrong. For example, on mail server or network gateway
> xauth and libx11 will never used.

While in some circumstances it's unnecessary, the footprint is low, just
a few megabytes, and you can remove it if you choose; or you can say
'apt-get --no-install-recommends install openssh-server'.

I'm afraid that, on balance, I would prefer to leave this as it is.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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