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Re: Bug#886238: Please introduce official nosystemd build profile

On Wed, Jan 03, 2018 at 09:46:59AM -0500, Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:

> That said, I find that your characterization of someone not wanting
> systemd installed on their system as "disturbed" to itself be somewhat
> disturbing.  You cannot possibly know what grounds someone might have
> for not wanting systemd, and to automatically and universally
> characterize that as "disturbed" implies a value judgment that runs
> counter both to the freeness and universailty that Debian as a project
> espouses.

You don't need a separate build profile in order to not install systemd. 
That is already supported.

What a nosystemd build profile proposes to do is to avoid linking against
*lib*systemd, which is an inert library dependency whose runtime impact
rounds to zero when systemd is not in use.

Treating libsystemd specially, out of all the mostly-unused libraries that
get linked in the archive, is not sensible.

Catering to fanatics who insist on treating it specially, without technical
merit, has no bearing on the freeness or universality of Debian.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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