Re: [RFC] DEP-6: Meta-Package debian/control field
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per the DEP process described at http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep0/, this is
the first call for comments on this proposal.
Title: Meta-Package debian/control field
Drivers: David Paleino <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Luca Bruno
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Introduce the usage of a new field in debian/control,
to mark "meta-packages" as such, and allow easy choice of
installed packages, without being bitten by the "autoremove"
feature of package management tools.
New meta-package Boolean field.
Meta-packages would normally have few or no Depends, being almost completely
Recommends (perhaps also Depends) of meta-packages are not marked as
Attempting to install a meta-package if apt is not configured to install
recommends by default will terminate in an error, rather than completing,
unless a force flag was passed. (This is to ensure the meta-package does not
basically completely fail if that setting is off, without spitting out some
form of error).