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

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:49:46PM +0100, Julien Cristau wrote:
> I'd object to this.  I believe apt-listchanges needs to be in the
> default install.  If that means moving python-support and python-apt to
> standard as well, that sounds like a pretty cheap price to pay.  So I
> think this bug should be downgraded and reassigned to ftp.d.o.

I concur with this position.

To give some more data, I've been looking at the details of what would
need additional promotion to priority standard, e.g. by transitivity.

python-support depends on:
  python, dpkg

  -> both are already at least priority standard, no issue here

python-apt depends *additionally* on:
  libc6, libgcc1, libstdc++6

  -> python-central is already priority standard
  -> libapt-inst-libc6.9-6-1.1 is provided by apt-utils, which is
     priority important (no issue then)
  -> libapt-pkg-libc6.9-6-4.8 is provided by apt (again: no issue)
  -> the latter 3 are obviously no issue

All in all (and unless I've missed something), the choice seems to be
relatively self contained. We would "just" need to promote to standard
python-support and python-apt. For reference, on amd64 the total
installed-size of the 2 is about 4 MB (not considering the *.pyc which
will be compiled on the fly by python-support, which I don't know how to

The only apparent resulting silliness of all this would be have two
python runtime helper in standard (-central and -support), but that's
already the case today on all real-life installations which require a
handful of Python application. We won't be adding much more by pushing
that to standard.


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