wireless-tools/wpasupplicant in minimal seed

Matt Zimmerman mdz at ubuntu.com
Wed Sep 3 18:17:42 BST 2008

On Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 11:03:08AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-meta/+bug/61618 reports
> that wireless software is not needed on many servers, and that therefore
> these packages should be moved elsewhere. wpasupplicant now pulls dbus
> into the debootstrapped set, which I'd like to avoid until it's truly
> necessary (when Upstart uses it), so my attention was drawn to this bug.
> Would anyone object to wireless-tools and wpasupplicant being moved to
> ubuntu-desktop, and also added to server-ship so that they remain
> available on the server CD?

We did agree, once upon a time, that the base system should have what you
need to get on the network.  WPA is increasingly popular, surely more so
than PPP (which is in standard).

However, it, like ppp, is only needed to get some desktop systems on the
network, and practically never for servers.  This is a divergence we didn't
consider at the time (perhaps because we didn't have a server edition).

I think that wpasupplicant and ppp belong together, though of whether they
should be standard or desktop I am less sure.

 - mdz

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