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Re: Bug#532515: on making decisions vs letting things happen



On Sun, Jul 05, 2009 at 03:53:06PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Sunday 05 July 2009, Frans Pop wrote:
> > I must say that I'm not at all sure that the change to include
> > Recommends wasn't done prematurely or too lightly. It is quite likely
> > to also affect the server tasks in quite a big way and could have a
> > major impact on the contents of CD images if not handled correctly.

So does that mean you feel that the policy manual's description of
Recommends is wrong, or that Debian installations should be unusual by
default?

Realistically, either (a) the Recommends were correct or (b) nobody was
going to bother fixing them until they started being installed by
default as policy says they should be. It's one thing to say that
something is premature, but the previous situation was just a deadlock.

> I also feel it is rather inconsistent to have tasksel install Recommends 
> while debootstrap and base-installer do not.

debootstrap is a slightly odd case (because it's also used to construct
explicitly minimal systems, in which case the rules seem different) and
I've long been unsure about how it should behave. Maybe it just needs an
option for it.

I think it's more important for tasksel to be consistent with the
default configuration of apt than with how the base system is installed,
though.

-- 
Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]


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