Bug#392517: Please make texlive-doc-en a Recommends
Michael Biebl wrote:
> Package: texlive
> Severity: wishlist
> The texlive-doc-en package is rather big (~55mb). If you want to install
> texlive instead of tetex and with other packages starting to depend on
> texlive | tetex-base, you are forced to install the documentation.
> It would be great if it was possible to choose if you want to install the
> documentation or not (either by using a Suggests or a Recommends).
> The same is true for texlive-fonts-recommended and
> texlive-latex-recommended. If they are not really "required" for a
> working texlive installation, their depedency should probably also
> degraded to Recommends:
Are there any packages that depend on 'texlive'? This package is meant
to be a meta package that installs a reasonable subset of TeX Live for
those people who want to actively work with TeX. For those people, the
two *-recommended packages do make sense. Other packages that just need
some bits and pieces of TeX for them to work should explicitly depend on
the texlive-* packages, that provide these things.
However, I can understand the point concerning texlive-doc-en,
especially since there is some highly specialized documentation in
there. Here a Recommends or a splitting of the package might be
appropriate. Other comments?