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Priority dependence


The discussion surrounding why aptitude is priority 'important' [1] is
very enlightening.  Thanks to all contributors.  

With respect to the priority of libboost-iostreams, the consensus
seems to be to raise it.

On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 02:18:52AM +0200, Steve Langasek wrote:

> [ ... ] on balance, I would
> conclude that raising the priority of libboost-iostreams to important is
> actually the right solution.

This is due to Debian Policy 2.5:

     Packages must not depend on packages with lower priority values
     (excluding build-time dependencies).  In order to ensure this, the
     priorities of one or more packages may need to be adjusted.

Why is this the policy?  Why does it matter?  Surely installing all
the "important" packages will pull in their dependencies regardless of
the depended-upon package's priority.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=588608

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