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

On Fri, May 08, 2009 at 07:00:25PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Thu, May 07, 2009 at 09:47:56PM -0700, Daniel Burrows wrote:
> >   As a practical matter, downgrading these dependencies will cause
> > aptitude and other package managers to believe that the documentation
> > is unnecessary and suggest removing it.
> Even if the user marked as non-automatic the involved -doc packages?
> Anyhow, even if it is the case, I'm tempted to just reply "too
> bad". The admin will notice that and take it as an occasion for doing
> a review of which doc she really wants and which she wants not.

As a user, I like being able to mark documentation packages as being 
automatically installed, so that when I remove the associated packages 
the package manager will automatically offer to remove the then unneeded 
documentation packages at the same time. Otherwise there is a good 
chance the documentation packages will litter the system forever, or at 
least until I get around to doing a manual cleanup (which might never 

I suppose another way around this would be to be able to mark suggested 
packages as being automatically installed so they could be removed 
automatically when the suggesting package is removed.


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