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Re: Reasons for recommends and suggests

On Thu, May 17, 2007 at 07:43:09PM +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
> Most users don't need to use the packages given as Recommends or
> Suggests so the purpose, as I see it, is to help those who have unusual
> or extended needs for the functions provided by the package.

You are at odds with Policy with regard to most users and Recommends here,
as I read it. Section 7.2:

          This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.

          The `Recommends' field should list packages that would be found
          together with this one in all but unusual installations.

In other words, most users _will_ need to use the packages given as
Recommends (which is why aptitude installs them by default). Suggests is a
completely different game, though.

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