Bug#759260: removal of the Extra priority.
Jonathan Nieder <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Someone asks you to install a package.
> If the package has priority "optional", you can just install it. The
> vast majority of the time, it won't conflict with anything else you have
> installed. Yes, there are exceptions, but for this use case, them being
> pretty rare is sufficient.
> If the package has priority "extra", you can look around for an
> alternative with priority "optional", install that instead, and tell the
> user what you've done.
Just to provide more anecdata here, I have done exactly this as well.
> I believe this is concrete. Whether it's worth the packager effort is
> another question, but this is a real use case and it is something people
My feeling is that the data quality is low enough that we at least need to
provide considerably better guidance to packagers or ftp-master or
*someone* than we do right now if we want to this to be consistently
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>