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Do servers get python as one of basic system packages? Can Debian or Ubuntu live without working python interpreter?

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ubuntu-minimal depend on python. Therefore you can count on python being installed on Ubuntu.

Debian shows python-minimal tagged as system boot. Therefore you should be able to count on python on Debian as well. As noted by others, a minimal Debian installation does not include python.

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    In Debian, it's not marked as essential, so it's closer to "most likely" then "for certain". – DerfK Feb 16 '11 at 22:08
  • Indeed. While my systems typically install python from other dependencies, and I like to have it for my own projects, when I install Debian I don't install anything but the bare install, which does not include python. – Ryan H Mar 4 '11 at 0:32

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