Re: Priority dependence
* Russ Allbery <email@example.com> [100718 19:30]:
> 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.
Calculating a dependency closure is neither an easy nor an task with
a well-defined outcome. Starting with more data makes that both more
easy and more likely to come to deterministic results (with a good
enough starting set, most dependencies will most likely already be in
that set, so the likelyhood to encounter virtual packages or or-ed
dependencies (especially those were different packages have different
first choices) is much smaller.
The difference between optional and extra is indeed mood today. But I
guess that is mostly because dh_make is making everything optional
instead of extra by default...
Bernhard R. Link