Bug#599652: openoffice.org-common: Please document reason for libtextcat-data-utf8 recommends, and please consider changing dependency level
severity 599652 wishlist
tag 599652 + wontfix
On Sat, Oct 09, 2010 at 02:11:38PM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> openoffice.org-common has a Recommends on libtextcat-data-utf8, but
> doesn't give any indication of what it needs this package for, making it
$ LANG="C" apt-cache show libtextcat-data-utf8
Maintainer: Daniele Favara <email@example.com>
Replaces: libtextcat0 (<< 2.2-1)
Description: Language detection library - data files
Libtextcat is a library with functions that implement the classification
technic described in Cavnar & Trenkle, "N-Gram-Based Text Categorization".
It was primarily developed for language guessing, a task on which it is known
to perform with near-perfect accuracy.
This package provides the libtextcat data files.
Really? The marked part is no indication?
> difficult for a user to decide whether to install it.
> If this package supports notable functionality of openoffice.org, please
> consider simply depending on it; one more (tiny) dependency does not
> seem unreasonable given the existing size of OO.o, and it seems better
> to depend on it than to have OO.o functionality missing or
> non-functional for users that didn't install it.
Needed for OOo guessing the text language. See the description.
> Alternatively, if openoffice.org really can do without this package for
> most purposes, please consider documenting the need for this package in
It can, but that feature would fail for many languages (and we'd have
dangling symlinks here) for the languages where we get these patterns
from libtextcat directly.
> the openoffice.org-common package description, and please consider
> whether it should use "Recommends" or "Suggests".
package descriptions are not the place to document this (yes, I know
we have many counter-examples here, but for historic reasons...)
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