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Bug#759260: removal of the Extra priority.

Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com> 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
> do.


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 (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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