Maybe it was only me it escaped, but please note that initscripts already Recommends e2fsprogs.
Apparently this used to be a Depends but was downgraded to Recommends (in 2009), according to the following debian/changelog entry: * Reduce initscripts dependency on e2fsprogs to recomments and drop the versioned relation, as the version needed (1.32+1.33-WIP-2003.04.14-1) was included in a version before oldstable (Closes: #379340). The rationale is in https://bugs.debian.org/379340 (but please note that some things have changed since this discussion. For example the 'fsck' wrapper is shipped by util-linux these days). Maybe that should be considered good enough to just close this bug report? WDYT? Regards, Andreas Henriksson