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Re: Dselect/dpkg feature request

On Feb 22, Ian Jackson wrote
> David Engel:
> ...
> > I think this problem can be solved cleanly by adding two related
> > features to dselect/dpkg.  First, have dselect/dpkg distinguish
> > between packages that the user explicitly selects to be installed and
> > packages that are implicitly selected because other selected packages
> > depended on them.  Second, have dselect/dpkg automatically (or
> > possibly with user confirmation) deselect any implicitly selected
> > packages when they are no longer needed.
> This is a very interesting point, and my first reaction is to like
> your suggestion.
> I don't think that --get-selections and --set-selections are really
> what is needed here.

I agree.

> This does make dselect's current interface one step more complicated,
> though ...

Some, perhaps.  I hope the people who are going to revise dselect's
interface will keep this suggestion in mind.

David Engel                        ODS Networks
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