Re: Installation of Recommends by default on October 1st
Bruce Sass <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> dselect doesn't force you to install recommended packages; for as long
> as I can remember (since Bo) it has given you a list with the
> recommends preselected, and a simple keypress is all that is needed to
> decline them.
I'm afraid your memory is not serving you well here. I've been using
Debian since the time where slink was in "frozen" state, and I remember
very well that I had to wait a few years before being able not to
install Recommends. Looking at the changelog, it seems the change (in
dpkg trunk, not in stable releases!) dates from November 1999:
Sun Nov 28 21:56:32 CET 1999 Wichert Akkerman <email@example.com>
* dselect/pkgdepcon.cc: don't treat recommends like (pre-)depends.
Instead make it similar to suggests but default to selecting the package.
For the sake of History, ;-)