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Old 02-24-2012, 09:34 AM
Jonathan Nieder
Default Bug#661118: libstdc++6: is "Priority: required" but not pseudo-essential

Package: libstdc++6
Version: 4.7-20120210-1
Severity: wishlist
Tags: patch


libstdc++6 has "Priority: required", but no pseudo-essential package
depends on it:

$ grep-dctrl -sPackage
-FPriority required
-a -FDepends,Pre-Depends 'libstdc++6'
</var/lib/cupt/lists/*_debian_dists_sid_main_binary-i386_Packages |
wc -l
$ grep-dctrl -sPackage
-FPriority required
-a -FDepends,Pre-Depends 'libc6'
</var/lib/cupt/lists/*_debian_dists_sid_main_binary-i386_Packages |
wc -l

The changelog tells me the priority was originally bumped to required
to support dselect. Please lower the priority to "important". (libstdc++6
is at least standard because people expect to be able to run C++ apps using
the g++ ABI on Linux machines and is important because used by apt and

Anyway, maybe this can help people building tiny systems to make them
smaller. (Warning: I haven't checked if debootstrap will be able to
handle apt depending on a non-required package, though I suspect it
should be fine. That is needed when dealing with apt from
experimental already.)

Hope that helps,

debian/changelog | 1 +
debian/control.m4 | 2 +-
2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git i/debian/changelog w/debian/changelog
index ed44ff09..d97913f2 100644
--- i/debian/changelog
+++ w/debian/changelog
@@ -2,6 +2,7 @@ gcc-4.6 (4.6.2-15.1) local; urgency=low

* libstdc++ depends on libc (>= 2.11) for STB_GNU_UNIQUE support
(Eugene V. Lyubimkin). Closes: #584572.
+ * libstdc++6: Lower priority from required to important.

-- Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 02:38:01 -0600

diff --git i/debian/control.m4 w/debian/control.m4
index cbae8a86..fb8d4d48 100644
--- i/debian/control.m4
+++ w/debian/control.m4
@@ -1826,7 +1826,7 @@ ifenabled(`libcxx',`
Package: libstdc++CXX_SO`'LS
Architecture: ifdef(`TARGET',`all',`any')
Section: ifdef(`TARGET',`devel',`libs')
-Priority: ifdef(`TARGET',`extra',PRI(required))
+Priority: ifdef(`TARGET',`extra',PRI(important))
Depends: BASEDEP, ${dep:libc}, ${shlibsepends}, ${miscepends}
ifdef(`TARGET',`Provides: libstdc++CXX_SO-TARGET-dcv1',
ifdef(`MULTIARCH', `Multi-Arch: same

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