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Re: Bug#99835: seemingly useless and ill-conceived "meta" packages

Anton Zinoviev <anton@lmlserver.bas.bg> writes:
AZ> On  3.VI.2001 at 19:04 Joey Hess wrote:
 JH> What is the purpose of these packages?
AZ> meta-magicfilter installs magicfilter and all filters it need. 
AZ> Magicfilter is usable without them installed and thats why it doesn't
AZ> require them.

This sounds like a wonderful use of the "recommends" or "suggests"
relationship between magicfilter and its auxiliary programs.  See
section 7.2 of the policy manual.  In particular:

        This is used to declare that one package may be more useful
        with one or more others.  Using this field tells the packaging 
        system and the user that the listed packages are related to
        this one and can perhaps enhance its usefulness, but that
        installing this one without them is perfectly reasonable.

David Maze         dmaze@debian.org      http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
"Theoretical politics is interesting.  Politicking should be illegal."
	-- Abra Mitchell

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