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Re: [RFC] DEP-6: Meta-Package debian/control field

Joe Smith wrote:
Counter proposal:

New meta-package Boolean field.

Meta-packages would normally have few or no Depends, being almost completely recommends.

Recommends (perhaps also Depends) of meta-packages are not marked as automatically installed.

The usefulness of this part of my counter proposal is debatable. It allows removing the meta-package without removing the installed packages. If that is not desired, then don't include it. That would make meta-packages special only due to the following:

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).

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