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#560778 apt-listchanges: depends on things in optional, which depend on things in extra


going through the list of RC bugs in squeeze, I noticed #560778:

From: Ron <ron@debian.org>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: apt-listchanges: depends on things in optional,
 which depend on things in extra
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 16:22:09 +1030

Package: apt-listchanges
Version: 2.83+nmu1
Severity: serious
Justification: Policy 2.5


I see from the changelog that moving this to standard priority was discussed
on devel nearly 2 years ago now.  Currently however the chain of dependencies
that it drags in extend all the way down into extra.

As much as it would be nice to have this functionality by default, I'm not
really sure we also want to drag all of those extra things (and the things
that they may later also drag in) to the standard system.

If people really want this as standard, perhaps they should consider instead
implementing it in a manner that only depends on existing standard packages.
Maybe even making it a standard feature of apt itself.


The packages apt-listchanges depends on which are not priority standard are 
python-support and python-apt. 

Somehow I doubt that apt-listchanges will be rewritten soon to work without 
them, so I thought I gather input whether there are objections to change the 
priority back to optional (or extra?) and be done with the RC bug for 

(For squeeze+1 I'd also like to see apt-listchanges be standard, but still 
then, somebody would need to do the work...)


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