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I did a dist-upgrade from debian 8 to debian 9. Now I need to reinstall xserver-xorg-core. But in doing so, apt-get wants to remove 'init'.

# apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-core
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  libxfont2
Recommended packages:
  libpam-systemd
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  init libpam-systemd mate-panel mate-polkit mate-power-manager policykit-1 policykit-1-gnome systemd systemd-sysv
  udisks2
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libxfont2 xserver-xorg-core
WARNING: The following essential packages will be removed.
This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what you are doing!
  init systemd-sysv (due to init)
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 10 to remove and 293 not upgraded.
Need to get 3,449 kB/3,585 kB of archives.
After this operation, 11.7 MB disk space will be freed.
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To continue type in the phrase 'Yes, do as I say!'
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Obviously, I do not want to remove init. There is no explanation as to why apt-get needs to remove 'init' to reinstall xserver-xorg-core. Is there a way to make apt-get more verbose and show why it needs to remove init? Is it possible to display the underlying logic without having to go to the source code?

# apt-get install  init
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
init is already the newest version (1.48).

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