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Re: why does setup keep trying to install non-required packages?

On 8/12/2013 5:33 AM, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
On Aug 11 09:41, Ken Brown wrote:
On 8/11/2013 3:16 AM, Andrew Schulman wrote:
Fairly often when I run setup just for updates, it selects new packages for
installation that I haven't selected and that aren't required by any of my
other packages.

Right now setup wants to install the login package.  I didn't select it,
and if I unselect it the installation continues without any problem. It
happened in setup-x86, and now setup-x86_64 wants to do it too.  I try to
keep my installation slim, so I don't want setup to add new packages that
aren't required and that I didn't select.

Has anyone else observed this?  Know the reason?  Are they new packages,
and setup assumes I want all new packages?

login is in the Base category and so is installed by default.  It
was only recently added to the 64-bit distro, but I think it's been
in x86 for a long time.  The files on sourceware date from 2009.

As far as I know, only things in Base and Misc (and their
dependencies) get installed by default.  (And packages in Misc are
usually there by mistake, because a maintainer forgot to provide a
setup.hint.)  I haven't observed any exceptions to this.

Usually only Base and dependencies shoud be installed by default,
not Misc.  Or did I miss something?

We had problems with expat packages being installed by default because they were missing setup.hint files and therefore were put into Misc:

Maybe I jumped to an incorrect conclusion, but that (and earlier instances of the same problem) made me think that Misc was installed by default.


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