Fw: Bug#587620: (wishlist) debian packages: add an optional "Why" field to "suggest" entries (in the dependency field)
Goswin von Brederlow (I think he is an apt maintainer)
suggested to forward this wishlist bug report to debian-devel.
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Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:44:23 +0200
De: Goswin von Brederlow <email@example.com>
À: Alexandre Fournier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sujet: Re: Bug#587620: apt: add an optionnal "Why" field to "suggest"
entries (in the dependency field)
Alexandre Fournier <email@example.com> writes:
> Package: apt
> Version: 0.7.25.3
> Severity: wishlist
> Sometimes, from a user point of view, understanding why a package A
> recommends or suggests package B1 or B2 is not straightforward.
> It would be nice to add an optionnal "why" field to explain what
> features are enabled in package A when installing package B1.
> Ideally, this could be displayed when the user calls : apt-cache show
> or looks at the package data in another front-end for apt. This way,
> they would know from the start if they want to install package B1 all
> along, when installing A.
> Best regards,
> Alexandre Fournier
Imho that is not something that affects apt.
First you should make a proposal to introduce the WHY field in packages
and get them to adopt it. Probably best to write to debian-devel and
build a consensus. This can be done first as custom field even
without needing to patch dpkg for a new field. The field would
automatically be shown by apt-cache too. So you are already most of the
Only once the WHY field is in use in a large number of apckages
front-ends could be changed to support it. But that would be a bug for
aptitude, adept, cupts, ... rather than apt itself.