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Re: Documentation Policy

On Sat, 21 Jun 1997, Martin Schulze wrote:

> I don't like the idea of splitting packages that much.  It increses
> the confusion for users.   For new users it is incredible difficult
> to install Debian because of >1000 packages.

I can understand your argument very good. However:

  1. I don't think that we can get a consensus other than that we have
     now. :-)

  2. The new "deity" (dselect successor) will simplify the handling of 
     >1000 packages very much. I had another idea: Perhaps we could deity 
     adopt to have an overall switch about which documentation the
     user prefers. Then, it can hide all "xxx-doc-*" packages and select
     the necessary ones automatically if package "xxx" is selected.
     (Of course, there should be a way to switch this auto selection off,

> And for my feeling the documentation belongs to the package itself.
> I don't want to install another package just because I need some
> documention.

Some users from not installing the documentation. For example, I run
Debian on lots of computers here and at work. I don't want to have the
bash manual installed on my firewall :-)



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