Re: Conditional Recommends
> > > and secondly, this is easily abusable by third-package maintainers
> > > and even packages from completely different, non-Debian
> > > repositories:
> > >
> > > Package: some-package
> > > Depends: gnome
> > > Recommended-When: gnome
> Third-party repositories have root access on your system, see Google's
> (past?) packages for things that could be done. Chrome does not abuse
> it but only fiddles in your sources.list and crontab because they want
> to ensure that you don't browse the internet with a browser full of
> security holes (whether this is a good way to do this does not seem to
> belong to this thread).
No, third-party repositories do not have any access on my system,
packages from third-party repositories do _if_ I have installed them,
and usually, I think, it's a regular user access, not root one, given I
pre-checked package maintainer scripts before the installation.
'Recommended-When' gives them (= packages from any repositories) an
ability to be installed by default accompanying any package they want. A
major difference as for me.
Eugene V. Lyubimkin aka JackYF, JID: jackyf.devel(maildog)gmail.com
C++/Perl developer, Debian Developer