Theodore Ts'o <firstname.lastname@example.org> (2014-08-08): > > Potentially stupid question --- why are the gcc-4.-base packages > have the priority required? And what are they used for? > > I'm fine-tuning a small kvm appliance (kvm-xfstests, as it happens), and > I'm trying to keep the root file system as small as possible. It > appears that I can dpkg --purge the gcc-4.-base packages with no > ill effects. > > Am I missing something subtle that will come back and bite me? I'd suggest having a quick look at some gcc changelog, e.g. 4.7: http://metadata.ftp-master.debian.org/changelogs/main/g/gcc-4.7/unstable_changelog linked from: https://packages.qa.debian.org/g/gcc-4.7.html You can see things like: | - Set priority of gcc-4.0-base and libstdc++6 packages to `required'. | Closes: #321016. but also, way later: | * libstdc++6: Lower priority from required to important. Closes: #661118. I'd therefore contact the relevant maintainers to make sure, probably through a bug report asking for a priority downgrade. Mraw, KiBi.
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