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Metapackages in "Section: metapackages" or not (Was: visibility of Debian Pure Blends)

Hi Jonas,

On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 02:49:24PM +0100, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Quoting Paul Wise (2014-10-26 14:12:13)
> > All of the metapackages should have Section: metapackages, which you 
> > can browse in aptitude but probably few other places. In particular 
> > that isn't visible on the list of sections on the packages website 
> > (#766875):
> For DebianParl and Debian Design I deliberately avoid tagging as 
> metapackages: apt then don't flag as auto-installed (see 
> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01autoremove), and I want aptitude to do 
> auto-removal when removing a blend package.

I think this was discussed in connection with Debian Edu and I agree
with you that there is probably not a single rule fitting all.  Yes, as
far as I understood, "Section: metapackages" means that flag
auto-installed is not set.  I personally consider it reasonable but I
agree that it does not provide to remove all dependencies in one rush
any more.

> I have not filed a bugreport since I don't know what is intended 
> behaviour for metapackages.

This *is* the intended behaviour (at least if I understood things
> You only say "metapackages" above.  I disagree if you suggest that it 
> should be mandatory for blend packages to be tagged as metapackages (in 
> the form they are currently handled).

It is not mandatory by blends-dev.  Currently you can escape this by
setting "Section: misc".  While I agree that this is pretty cryptic and
I guess not documented rather than in blends-dev changelog I'd happily
accept patches to get a better solution.  For me it becomes more and
more evident that we need to discuss more on this list about needs of
different Blends and how to correctly implement this.
Kind regards



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