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Re: choice of languages for debian system tool?

On Sat, Jan 31, 2004 at 10:49:59AM -0700, Monique Y. Herman wrote:
> On 2004-01-31, John Hasler penned:
> > Not true.  Perl is in the base system.  You have to stick to basic
> > Perl, though.  No libraries.
> I'm confused.  I opened up aptitude, went to installed packages->base,
> and I see no perl there.  Now, reading your comment, I used
> `dpkg -p perl-base` and sure enough, it says Section: base.
> So, um, is there a way to list all packages that are in a particular
> section?  My aptitude test must have been naive, but I'm not sure why.
> Other than my just-now "reverse-engineered" approach of trying the url
> http://packages.debian.org/unstable/base/ , that is.

Try grep-dctrl. For what it's worth, though, the base section is pretty
much obsolete as a specification of what's in base; the actual
definition nowadays is "whatever debootstrap installs".


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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