Quoting Goswin von Brederlow (email@example.com): > Joerg Jaspert <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > > > metapackages, which is for metapackages so that apt can do special > > handling on them. > > On IRC Joerg mentioned that transitional packages could/should also go > to the metapackages section. oldlibs was often used for transitional packages (the fonts team for instance uses it when transitioning from ttf-foo to fonts-foo). After all, it is about the same use : things that can be removed "safely". I agree that if transition packages are meant to land in something else than oldlibs, then "metapackages" is not, at first glance, the most appropriate place.
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