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Re: Bug#273734: education-common: con't fulfill the Recommends on !i386

On Mon, Oct 04, 2004 at 12:26:12AM +0200, Petter Reinholdtsen wrote:
> [Adrian Bunk]
> > "nice to have" is a Suggests.
> "Nice to have" is an expression I choose to use to express my point.
> I'm sure you are not really interested in discussing my syntax or
> choice of words.  At least I hope you are more interested in
> discussion principles and ideas, and not your opinion on how to
> interpret the works I use to express myself.


As already said, the provides of the type-handling package solve the 
problem in a way that should be acceptable for both of us [1].

> My point still stands, which is that recommends is useful to express a
> stronger relationship then suggests, while not making it a depend, to
> document that the package in question should be included if it exist,
> and ignored otherwise.

There is still the point that Recommends can be treated like a
Depends by package management tools [2].
In this context, it can't be ignored.


[1] the dependency of type-handling on dpkg-dev is a current problem, 
    but this should be easily solvable
[2] no matter that dselect no longer does it


       "Is there not promise of rain?" Ling Tan asked suddenly out
        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
                                       Pearl S. Buck - Dragon Seed

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