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Petteri Räty wrote:
> On 01/24/2010 08:20 PM, Ben de Groot wrote:
>> 2010/1/24 Petteri Räty <email@example.com>:
>>> On 01/24/2010 03:02 PM, Ben de Groot wrote:
>>>> You can't have functioning package management without the hard
>>>> dependencies it requires. So both portage and python should be in the
>>>> system set.
>>> Why should we keep redundant information in the list?
>> How is that redundant?
> The problem the original poster wanted to solve is having a warning when
> trying to unmerge something in "system". The best way here is to file a
> Portage enhancement request and not pollute the profile system set
> marking. The purpose of the packages file is to describe what needs to
> be installed for a minimal system to work so it doesn't make sense to
> pollute it with implementation details.
Since unmerging python results in a broken system, I'm not sure how this
"pollutes" anything. The system set is to maintain a working and
bootable system that can install packages and portage requires python to
work. What good is a Gentoo system without a working package manager?
Is there something that I am missing here? For me, system should
include the things needed for booting and for the package manager to
work. If it can't contain python then portage has a problem. As I
pointed out in another reply, portage won't let you unmerge itself but
it will let you unmerge a package that will render portage useless. If
I can unmerge python then portage should just go ahead and let me
unmerge portage itself too. At least it is easier to repair removing