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FS#38076 - [dosfstools] add to {base} group

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Sebastiaan Lokhorst (lonaowna) - Monday, 09 December 2013, 14:02 GMT
Last edited by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 10:21 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Core
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 8
Private No


When installing Arch on a UEFI system, the user will also need to install dosfstools, otherwise fsck.fat will fail on every boot, and he/she will be unable to interact with the EFI partition.

With UEFI systems becoming more and more common (every desktop/laptop sold right now has UEFI), I think this package should be added to the base group.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 10:21 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Additional comments about closing:  As on ML discussed no need to be in base
Comment by Andrea Scarpino (BaSh) - Monday, 09 December 2013, 16:49 GMT
It can be added to the iso without it being part of the base group.
Comment by Sebastiaan Lokhorst (lonaowna) - Monday, 09 December 2013, 17:36 GMT
It is already on the ISO. I think it would be beneficial to add it to the base group so it is available by default on new installs.
Comment by Daniel Micay (thestinger) - Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 02:56 GMT
UEFI is very common, so including this small package in base makes sense. It's going to see a lot more usage than reiserfsprogs/jfsutils and it's significantly smaller.
Comment by Sebastiaan Lokhorst (lonaowna) - Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 19:11 GMT
Because of the recent discussion in the mailing list (to which I cannot reply), I just wanted to clarify:

The original wording of my rationale is not quite correct. What I meant to say with "interact with", is that you are unable to do things like change the label or check/repair the file system.

While these might be considered minor things, I think they can be very important, especially for something as crucial as an EFI system partition.