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Re: Bug#681783: Recommends, and metapackages

Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> Here is my proposal for a disposal of #681783, re Recommends and
> particularly metapackages.

>   Whereas:

>   1. The Technical Committee's view is that the existing policy
>      on Recommends is correct.

>   2. Specifically, we feel that there is nothing inherently wrong with
>      using Recommends in a metapackage.  Any infelicities in package
>      management software's handling of Recommends (in metapackages or
>      more generally) should be treated as bugs.

>   3. It may be that policy could be clarified in this area, for
>      example to make it clear that if a user chooses not to install
>      Recommends, some things may not work, and that that would not be
>      a bug.

>   Therefore:

>   4. We do not make a ruling about the content of policy.

>   5. We advise the policy maintainers to consider how to clarify
>      this, and to make whatever changes they consider appropriate.

Looks good to me.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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