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Re: Reasons for recommends and suggests

On Sun, 20 May 2007 10:23:51 +0900, Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> said: 

> I am quite convinced that recommended packages do not need to be
> justified, but I think that the need for such a justification in the
> case of suggested packages will go growing. Soon or later, the apt
> frontends will be able to use Debtags smartly, and suggest packages by
> themselves. Then what will remain in the Suggests: field of the
> control file will indeed be what is difficult to guess and needs to be
> explained.

> By the way, Manoj, I think that I did not understand why you say that
> there is not enough space in the control file while it is able to host
> the long description of packages? We could have something like:

> Suggests: foo, bar, baz

> Justify-foo: To play while the program works for you.  Justify-bar:
> Here a longer discussions which
>  takes advantages of the format of the control file
> Justify-baz: You can use baz instead of bar.

        So now you have a variably named field in the control file --
 which is legal, but does require a bit more intelligence for parsing

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots
to do and not doing it."  -Mary Wilson Little
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