Adeodato Simó wrote: > As mentioned in , we've been considering switching to Recommends > for KDE metapackges, and mention in the description about the use of > --with-recommends. If you do that you will make the desktop task no longer install an appropriate amount of kde: joey@dragon:~/src/tasksel>grep recommends tasksel.pl my $ret=system("aptitude", "--without-recommends", "-y", "install", @aptitude_install) >> 8; It's very easy to end up with a recommends chain that pulls in all of X when you wanted something simple like cups. At least that kind of thing was common when I turned it off in tasksel. Some other good reasons not to use recommends for metapackage would include those of us who have aptitude configured not to take recommends by default, or probably anyone who wants to use synaptic. -- see shy jo  Not that it currently installs kde, since it's broken, but anyway.
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