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Bug#759260: removal of the Extra priority.

On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 08:51:02AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Santiago Vila <sanvila@unex.es> writes:
> An alternative would be to say that all software that doesn't warrant
> standard or higher should be packaged with priority optional *unless* it
> conflicts with something, in which case it should be priority extra.  That
> at least would be simple and straightforward and would be easier for new
> maintainers to reason about. 

I would agree with that, but it is not in line with what the FTP master are

> It's not what we're doing right now, though;
> instead, "rarely used" software has some random mix of optional and extra
> priorities, based on the whim of the maintainer, and there are certain
> classes of packages that are almost always extra (debug symbols, for
> example).  This is all hard to explain.

As far as I remember, this rule was introduced by the FTP masters (and not
on debian-policy, but with input from debian-devel).
See bug #491985 for some background.
We made the conscious decision not to try to codify what the FTP masters were

So, I do not think we can move forward without input from the FTP masters.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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