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Bug#996955: task-desktop silently pulls in task-desktop-gnome via Recommends

Package: task-desktop
Version: 3.68
Severity: normal
Tags: d-i
X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-boot@lists.debian.org


I just installed Debian stable in a virtual machine. When I was asked
during the installation process which "meta-packages" to install I
left "Desktop Environment" selected but explicitly deselected GNOME. I
expected to end up with a minimal graphical environment, e.g. X with
twm and xterm or similar. However, I was surprised to find out after
installation that indeed the entire GNOME desktop was installed albeit
me explicitly deselecting it during installation.

The reason seems to be that task-desktop Recommends a whole list of
alternative desktop environments with task-desktop-gnome being the
first on the list -- and since Recommends are installed by default and
since the first of a list of alternatives is installed by default,
this is how I ended up getting GNOME installed, although I didn't even
want it. The outcome is the same as if I had left the GNOME checkbox
selected, which is quite surpsising and unexpected to me.

Please consider introducing an absolute bare minimum package to let
task-desktop depend on (by means of Recommends) instead of falling
back to GNOME. Thanks!


 - Fabian

-- System Information:
Debian Release: bookworm/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable-debug'), (500, 'experimental'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 5.14.0-2-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU threads)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE not set
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages task-desktop depends on:
ii  desktop-base            11.0.3
ii  tasksel                 3.68
ii  xorg                    1:7.7+23
ii  xserver-xorg-input-all  1:7.7+23
ii  xserver-xorg-video-all  1:7.7+23

Versions of packages task-desktop recommends:
ii  alsa-utils
ii  anacron             2.3-31+b1
ii  avahi-daemon        0.8-5
ii  eject               2.37.2-1
ii  firefox             93.0-1
ii  fonts-symbola       2.60-1.1
ii  iw                  5.9-3
ii  libnss-mdns         0.14.1-2
ii  sudo                1.9.5p2-3
ii  task-gnome-desktop  3.68
ii  xdg-utils           1.1.3-4.1

task-desktop suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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