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perl missing from status file



     I have a small partition that was used in the bo testing period
that, IIRC, is in the status in which the base installation left it.
It contains 18 mb, representing the packages installed from the base
disks.  Perl exists in this partition as /usr/bin/perl, but perl does
not show up in /var/lib/dpkg/status or /var/lib/dpkg/available.  The
dpkg --get-selections command produces a list of 53 packages, but perl
is not among them.

     Is this status correct?  It doesn't seem right that a package
could be installed on a debian system without being known to dpkg.

     This base installation was made using the 1997-05-16 disk set.

Bob


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