Re: aptitude (priority important) depends on libboost-iostreams (priority optional)
Steve Langasek wrote:
> This manual represents the opinion of a single developer.
And what does that have to do with the price of bananas in Iceland?
The fact that aptitude is currently the recommended tool for package
management has various reasons: user interface, features, dependency
handling, etc. That status has evolved over the last 3 or so release
cycles. You have even been part of some of the discussions (for example
sarge -> etch upgrade issues)
aptitude is the primary tool used by Debian Installer (and because of that
its current priority of "important" is actally necessary). It is also
recommended in both the Release Notes (for stable release upgrades) and
the Installation Guide.
So what's listed in the "Debian Reference" is a correct reflection of
aptitude's current status and not, as you imply, the result of some single
developer being on crack.
The growing dependency chain of aptitude *is* of some concern and may be
reason to re-evaluate its role, but in no way does that change its