sysvinit removed without installing upstart

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Tue Oct 24 10:27:54 BST 2006

On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 04:18:35PM -0700, Jeffrey W. Baker wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-10-18 at 16:10 -0700, Jeffrey W. Baker wrote:
> > I was just playing around with an Edgy system, dist-upgraded from
> > dapper, on amd64.  I noticed that it's quite possible to remove sysvinit
> > without installing upstart or another replacement.  Is that legit?  I
> > didn't bother trying to reboot my system in this intermediate state,
> > because experiences tells me there's no way it should boot.
> > 
> > Shouldn't something depend on sysvinit|upstart?
> Upon further inspection, part of the problem appears to be that
> ubuntu-desktop can be installed without installing ubuntu-minimal.  I
> think there's some missing deps here.

upstart and (the old version of) sysvinit are Essential, which means they
can't be removed without force, and apt will install any which are missing.
There is no missing dependency; these are the most basic packages.

 - mdz

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