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A stronger field for prerequisites in the debian/control file satisfies the named condition stated in a weaker field.

For example, you would see this tag when the Depends field already requires that a package which is also listed in Recommends or Suggests is installed. Or, a package could be listed in both Recommends as well as Suggests.

Current versions of dpkg-gencontrol will silently ignore the weaker field, but like anything unexpected it could indicate another oversight, such as a misspelling or having forgotten to remove the stronger prereguisite when the intent was to move it to a weaker field.

For more information please consult:

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit c1c05b0. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check debian/control/prerequisite/redundant.

Visibility: warning

Renamed from:
  • stronger-dependency-implies-weaker

The following 6 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 9 times (in any Lintian version).

There were no overrides.