Intrepid seed tidying

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Mon Sep 1 13:54:07 BST 2008

On Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 10:59:15AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 11:25:56AM +0100, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > aptitude is currently in minimal, but is not required on all systems, and
> > provides an alternative interface for functionality available in apt.
> > tasksel depends on it, but insofar as I can tell, it is only required for
> > 'Packages: manual' which I don't think we use.  It also pulls in libcwidget,
> > libept, libsigc++ and libxapian, none of which are used by other packages in
> > minimal, and some of which could probably come off the CD entirely.
> > 
> > Proposal: move aptitude to supported
> Here's a response to this change:
> It seems that a number of long-term Ubuntu users are discomforted by
> this change, so perhaps supported is a bit too far out. I agree that it
> is no longer necessary in the minimal set.
> As far as I can see, of the libraries you mention, only libcwidget falls
> off the CD due to moving aptitude to supported, now that synaptic also
> uses libept and libxapian, and gnome-system-monitor and others use
> libsigc++. That puts the space occupied by aptitude at around 1.7MB,
> which is a fair chunk, but not necessarily infeasible.

If it's controversial, I think standard is fine, particularly if there's
little to gain by getting it off of the CD.

 - mdz

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