Re: the Recommends control field
Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
Unless we split the functionality such that we have both, I think you're
correct. I know for sure we can't do away with the technical recommends.
I'd rather we separate the social one (or kill it altogether) so that we can
finally fix apt-get and stop the annoying bug reports of people who do not
even KNOW they are not supposed to ignore a technical recommends unless they
Really Know Better.
I too believe that recommends are taken too lightly. This is why I can't
accept a package manager which automatically selects recommends; I get
way too many unneeded packages that way. I think the policy manual makes
it pretty clear that recommends are to be for packages without which the
package would be pretty useless. If some interepret it differently, a
clarification is most certainly needed. Then I could always fetch
recommends and simply file bug reports when it was unwarranted. Of
course a more drastic action like renaming the field could be taken, but
thats probably unncessary.