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Bug#196367: debian-policy: clarify what to do about priority mismatches



On Mon, Jul 21, 2003 at 12:33:52PM +0200, Josip Rodin wrote:
> I propose this patch:
> 
> --- policy.sgml~        2003-07-21 12:17:53.000000000 +0200
> +++ policy.sgml 2003-07-21 12:31:13.000000000 +0200
> @@ -779,11 +779,24 @@
>         </p>
> 
>         <p>
> -         Packages must not depend on packages with lower priority
> +         Packages should 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.
>         </p>
> +
> +       <p>
> +         Note that actual priorities of packages in the Debian archive
> +         are set with the so-called override files, which are maintained
> +         by the archive maintenance team.
> +         <footnote>
> +           In practice, this means that even if the package maintainer
> +           uploads a "fixed" version of the package, the priority will
> +           still be wrong in the Packages file until an ftpmaster goes
> +           and changes the override. Thus, mass-filing bug reports
> +           against individual packages for this is strongly discouraged.
> +         </footnote>
> +       </p>
>        </sect>
> 
>      </chapt>

Thanks for writing this patch. I agree that it documents current
practice (and furthermore good practice, I believe) and second it.

-- 
Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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