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Re: Packages file (long email) [WAS: Splitting Packages]

> That said, im sure its been considered (and asked) many times before,
> so anyone else know why Essential cant be implemented as a priority?

Yes, Essential and Priority are orthogonal things.

In theory, it's possible to have an essential package which is not required.
In practice, however, such package is likely to be a replacement of
another essential package, in which case it conflicts and replaces the
essential required package, and it's priority extra (since it conflicts
with a package of optional or higher priority). Not that there are many
packages like these in the archive, buy the possibility is open.

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