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?
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