Re: Bug#569219: Document transitional and meta-packages
On Wed, 10 Feb 2010, Luca Falavigna wrote:
> Package: developers-reference
> Version: 3.4.3
> Severity: wishlist
> Tags: patch
> We have several meta-packages and transitional packages in the archive, some of them do not document that anywhere in their description.
> Users should be given such an information, so they can decide to remove some to save disk space and to remove useless packages from the system.
> I propose to clearly state a package is a meta-package or a transitioanl package in the long description. This is a common practice already.
For the purpose of removing useless packages, I would propose that
transitional packages are always "priority: extra" and "section: oldlibs".
That would make deborphan to mark them as "packages that may be removed".