Re: Priority dependence
"Steve M. Robbins" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 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.
Ideally, it would be nice to be able to sort out packages by priority and,
from that, build, say, a CD set of only the important and higher packages
and know that it's self-contained. In practice, I suspect that we have
enough packages with problems here that you have to compute the dependency
closure anyway, but insofar as priorities are useful for anything, I think
that was the goal.
(It's not clear at this point to me whether priorities are really useful
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>