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Bug#267619: how to deal with a chain of dependencies

On Mon, 23 Aug 2004, Harald Dunkel wrote:

> Package: dpkg
> Version: 1.10.23
> Severity: wishlist
> Hi folks,
> Would it be possible to extend the current binary dependency
> scheme for packages by some kind of numeric dependency value?
> Maybe a number for each missing dependent package describing
> the probability to break this->package?
> This would allow to set some kind of threshold for the
> dependency evaluation, e.g. for a long chain of dependencies.

To what end?

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