Re: Bug#681783: Recommends, and metapackages
Ian Jackson <email@example.com> writes:
> Here is my proposal for a disposal of #681783, re Recommends and
> particularly metapackages.
> 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.
> 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>