[pkg-lighttpd] Bug#460334: lighttpd's /usr/sbin/lighty-*able-mod does not work if there's no perl-modules installed

Roger Lynn Roger at rilynn.demon.co.uk
Tue Mar 18 09:27:01 UTC 2008

On 19:59, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 06:49:56AM +0000, Diego Escalante Urrelo wrote:
>> Now, the problem is that lighttpd is including commands or util scripts
>> that require perl and perl is not a dependency of lighttpd. No, I'm not
>> suggesting to make perl a dependency. Please don't do that :).
>> What I would suggest is to write a simple shell script equivalent. I
>> confess I haven't checked the scripts so I don't know how smart would
>> this be.
>   perl is priority standard, hence should be on your system.
>   This is not a bug.

Uninstalling standard packages is allowed. Standard is not essential or
required. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-binary.html#s3.5 says
"Packages are not required to declare any dependencies they have on other
packages which are marked Essential (see below), and should not do so unless
they depend on a particular version of that package." It says nothing about
dependencies on standard being special. Dependencies on standard packages should
be declared. On my Etch system, perl has about 1900 reverse dependencies,
according to aptitude.


Roger Lynn

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