Re: dselect user interface
Richard Kaszeta <email@example.com> writes:
> Well, based on discussion on comp.os.linux.misc, I think a simple
> change that would make people a lot happier is to have dselect treat
> 'recommends' more like 'suggests' than 'depends', since I've seen a
> number of references to people getting frustrated at the large numbers
> of packages dselect tries to install.
No, I think the current behavior is correct. Recommends is treated
like depends by dselect and like suggests by dpkg. Developers
sometimes use recommends when they really should use suggests.
>From the Programmer's Manual 8.2:
The Recommends field should list packages that would be found together
with this one in all but unusual installations.
[Suggests] is used to declare that one package may be more useful with
one or more others.
You should file bugs against packages that use recommends when they
should be using suggests.
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