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

On Thu, 07 May 2009, Y Giridhar Appaji Nag wrote:
> From policy 7.2 Binary Dependencies - Depends, Recommends, Suggests, Enhances,
> Pre-Depends
> Recommends
>     This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.
>     The Recommends field should list packages that would be found together
>     with this one in all but unusual installations.

This determination is necessarily a judgement call, and is kind of up
to the maintainer. If you run across specific instances of packages
where the documentation Recommends appears gratuitous, filing wishlist
bugs with specific rationale that would be convincing to the
maintainer is reasonable, but it shouldn't be a mass filing. Frankly,
if I were you, I'd restrict myself to particularly large -doc packages
which are pulled in by packages with high popcon scores to start with,
at least.

> With Install-Recommends being the default, many packages pull in a
> lot of associated documentation. These documentation packages are
> sometimes large and could be suggested rather than recommended.

In cases where you actually care about the size of the documentation,
you're presumably being extra careful about the packages which are
Recommends:, and probably aren't installing them automatically.

Don Armstrong

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