On Sun 05 Nov 2017 at 14:26:38 -0500, Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:
> Of course, it is really easy to add packages to a system that has
> adequate space, where installing an over-bloated base/standard system to
> a low resource machine is more complex. Despite the enormous utility I
> find in it, leaving rsync out of the base system is the right thing.
I would take "base system" to mean what the installer means by it. In
which case, it is should not be associated with "standard system
utililites". They are different sets of packages.
Having said that: a system without rsync does not lack the ability to
do backups, even though it might be a more convenient utility to use.
Midnight Commander and locate are also very useful additions, but that
does merit including them in Priority: standard.
Also, Priority: standard inclusion varies over time. netcat, for
example (amongst other programs) was demoted to optional in jessie or
stretch (I forget which).