Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote: > On Mon, 11 Jun 2007, Alexander Wirt wrote: >> Please never make it a default. Humans make errors and I never want packages > > Recommends *are* to be installed by default, unless you specifically tell > the tool not to. This is the whole point, one that has been broken for a > few *years* now and has caused problems to everyone for that long. [..] > synaptic & co are also broken in a very bad way if they do not offer to > install recommends by default (and broken in a very bad usability way if you > can't tell them that no, you don't want that recommended package installed). > Just fix them. dselect was fixed a long time ago, and aptitude does this > right since day one (AFAIK anyway). > FWIW, synaptic has an option in its preferences dialog called "Consider recommended packages as dependencies", which is off by default. I completely agree, to treat Recommends as "weak dependencies" and install them by default and make that behaviour consistent among all package managers. The frontends imho just need a clear way of showing which packages are going to be installed because of a Depends and which because of a Recommends, so it would be easier to de-select a recommended package. Otherwise there would be no point having Suggests and Recommends, if they are basically treated the same by the package management tool. Just my 2¢, Michael -- Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?
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