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Re: Getting rid of circular dependencies

Goswin von Brederlow <brederlo@informatik.uni-tuebingen.de> writes:

> But that doesn't realy solve the problem on its own. It would be nice if
> packages could be consistently taged with "Application:
> yes|no|<untaged>" signifying that this package is usefull on its own
> (foo), will never be used alone (foo-data, libfoo) or is
> ambigious. Frontends should then hide anything with "Application: no"
> under normal operations.

This is a really interesting idea, particularly if it were combined with
an implementation recommendation to stop suppressing Application: no
packages if they're listed in Suggests of an installed package or list an
installed package in Enhances.  That way, documentation packages could be
listed in Suggests but otherwise be Application: no, since the sort of
user who doesn't want to see all the library packages is probably also not
going to want to browse the list of documentation packages for packages
they don't have installed.

Russ Allbery (rra@stanford.edu)             <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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