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Re: Reasons for recommends and suggests

On Fri, 18 May 2007 21:44:43 -0700, Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> said: 

> Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> writes:
>> It's not like it would be difficult to decide on a standard to allow
>> the segment of text in README.Debian that described the optional
>> dependencies (or other information that a packagea maintainer thought
>> people may be interested in knowing as they're deciding what else to
>> install besides the package.)

> Bleh.  This is how we got the Homepage hack in the package
> descriptions.  Please don't add structure to unstructured data
> retroactively; it makes parsing a mess.  We already have a clean,
> structured file in which to store this sort of information, or we can
> introduce a new structured file.

        A field in the control file is unlikely to have enough space to
 truly state the reasons (remember, the maintainer has alsready stated
 that in their judgement the packages belong together for all but the
 most unusual installations).  Adding a special file with expanded
 explanations or essays might work.

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Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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