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Re: Possible mass bug filing: non-doc packages recommending doc packages

On Fri, 8 May 2009, Christian Perrier wrote:

I bringed the discussion in out maintenance list but dropping
Recommends to Suggests is likely to make us provide a "broken" home page
for SWAT by default. We could of course patch SWAT so that the page
explicitely says that adding samba-doc is needed but that would be
glightly ugly.

So, that could be seen as a quite calid use case, indeed..:)

As a raw estimation about 50% of the packages I maintain / sponsor use
the doc package not only as pure standalone doc but the doc might be
used by the help system of the native program / web application.  You
might argue that in this case the program should be called *-data, but
I'd call this nitpicking because the packages in itself are perfectly
valid doc packages and make sense on their own.  So I do not think that
this issue is really atarget for mass bug filing because chances for
false positives are to high.  I'm fine with a lintian warning which
can be overriden by the maintainer in case he decides recommending the
doc package is the reight way to go.

Kind regards and thanks for the effort anyway



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