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

On Fri, May 08, 2009 at 06:55:43PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Fri, May 08, 2009 at 10:14:05AM +0200, Frank Lin PIAT wrote:
> > While I support the effort to reduce disk space usage, I strongly
> > disagree with this proposal.

> > A software is worth nothing without appropriate documentation.

> No, that's subjective, with the subject being the package
> maintainer. If the maintainer considered the software "worth nothing"
> without doc, he could have (in the past) marked the -doc package as
> *dependency* as that was the only way in the past to have it installed
> by default.

Yes, and the MBF proposal *doesn't* take into account packages that
previously *did* have a hard dep on their doc packages and only demoted it
to a Recommends: once the default behavior changed.

Cf.  swat, samba-doc.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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