Bug#759260: removal of the Extra priority.
On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 08:51:02AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Santiago Vila <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
Imagine a large red swirl here.