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Re: Bug#140183: aspell does install or depend on any languages

On Fri, Mar 29, 2002 at 05:10:55PM -0500, Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
> I argue that checking spelling is a 'significant amount of
> functionality' for a spell checker. I believe we agree that dictionaries
> are needed for that function ;-)
also word list generation is a "significant amount o functionality"
to my eyes and this doesn't need any dictionary installed. this is a
particular, rare but valid situation for the user, it is used for
building aspell dictionary packages.

> I'd argue that aspell depending on the dictionaries is better than the
> dictionaries on the library. The dictionaries could then Recommend: the
> spell checker.
open your eyes, aspell (well, its library) somewhat depends on its
damned dictionaries!!!! Recommends is only a lighter Depends and it
would be very very fine if people wouldn't ignore it.

do not blame my relationships only because apt-get does not honour them,
i'm using policy and it is much older than apt-get, ok?

you raised a good problem but you are trying to solve it in the wrong
place, look:

 --[cavok@bongusta 1 ~<% grep ^Recommends: /var/lib/dpkg/available|wc -l

all thess packages use Recommends and all would break thanks to apt-get.
solving the problem your way would may be ok for aspell but still would
leave 1076 broken packages. installing any of these 1076 packages with
apt-get would happily drop important pieces of software, this is the
real bug.

now, this priority is too high and i don't see too many people agreeing
with you...


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