Re: [RFC] DEP-6: Meta-Package debian/control field
Thomas Goirand wrote:
> Steve Langasek wrote:
>> In this scenario, with Recommends installed by default (the only sane
>> model), the vast majority of metapackage dependencies are moved from Depends
>> to Recommends, so you can remove those Recommends manually without forcing
>> removal of the metapackage; and you can remove the metapackage without
>> causing cascading autoremoval of e.g., half your desktop.
> If I may, the "Recommends installed by default" scenario doesn't really
> apply here, as the goal here is to remove some dependencies that you
> don't want to have, because you want a smaller system. So what you are
> asking for is having even MORE packages installed when we want LESS.
No, he's not asking for anything because Recommends are already installed by
default. So by using Recommends instead of Depends in metapackages, you're able
to remove any package you don't like or want, resulting in less packages, not more.