Agreed, simply checking to see whether or not germinate is installed or
not is a good idea. However, checking which version is installed, as is
currently done with debootstrap, is a bit overkill and I disagree with
the debootstrap version check to begin with.

Realistically, if one is running the update script on the current LTS or
higher, it shouldn't cause problems and the version check seems to be at
least encouraging the update to run on the development version. This
seems odd as germinate is pulling from whatever is configured in
update.cfg regardless of what series it's being run on, so the version
checks just seem like, as Steve put it, needless barriers.

So, in summary, your check for germinate seems sane. A wholesale version
check seems overkill and unnecessary.

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