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Re: Reasons for recommends and suggests

On Fri, 18 May 2007 19:43:31 -0400, Felipe Sateler <fsateler@gmail.com> said: 

> Don Armstrong wrote:
>> For example, in the case you're talking about, you'd have to explain
>> that ucf would like to be able to use debconf-loadtemplate from
>> debconf-utils utils when it's running as root just in case its
>> templates have become corrupted. Now, you and I may know what
>> debconf-loadtemplate does, what a template is, and why ucf would be
>> worried about corruption of its template database, but I can't
>> imagine making this intelligible to even an intermediate Debian user
>> in less than 5 lines. Hell, I took 3 lines here to say something
>> about it that I only understand because I read /usr/bin/ucf.

> But then you could just say: "Useful in case template databases get
> corrupted". There is no need to go and explain details. Just a general
> idea is useful enough. If I were to read that, then I'd say: "Well, I
> guess database corruption means something bad, and I want to recover
> from that whenever possible. Lets install debconf-utils." I don't need
> to know which specific script is being used, what templates are, why
> there is a database of them, and how that database may get
> corrupted. I just know that debconf-utils would be useful in case of
> malfunction. Since malfunction costs more than bandwidth and disk
> space, I'll install it.

        Without going into arcane details, you have been told that, in
 the maintainers opinion, you should be installing debconf-utils when
 you install ucf, unless yours is an unusual installation, and you know
 what you are doing.

Take me drunk, I'm home again!
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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