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Re: APT [was Re: Is this really the right thing to do?]


>  Before proceding with my proposal, let me define a term for packages
>  that are installed for no other reason than to satisfy a dependency.
>  I think 'Hooked' is a good word.  It is a synonym for 'dependent', and
>  it can lead to many good fishing analogies. ;)

A better word might be 'Wanted' (inverse of Hooked).

It might even be better to have it a string field, so the admin can note *why*
it was wanted - like this:

  Wanted: for J. Random Luser's xyzzy project
  Wanted: by /usr/local/bin/plugh

I think it would be a good idea if, before actually deleting packages, the
admin was shown their list and given a chance to mark any of them wanted.

To make this worthwhile, suite packages would then need to be produced. These
would be packages which contain almost no files, but recommend/suggest a bunch
of other packages (eg a "C development suite", recommending gcc, libc6-dev,
kernel-headers, etc and suggesting gdb, lint, prof). Most people would then
mostly select the suites, greatly reducing the number of packages they need to
come in contact with.

Jiri <jiri@baum.com.au>

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