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Re: Recommends for metapackages

On July 10, 2012 10:39:10 AM Sune Vuorela wrote:
> On 2012-07-10, Gergely Nagy <algernon@balabit.hu> wrote:
> > No. Only if installing recommends is turned on, which cannot be
> > guaranteed.
> There is many ways to break your system. turning off installation of
> recommends is one of them.

So, if Recommends should always be installed--effectively turning them into 
Depends--why do Recommends exist...

Not installing a Recommended package shouldn't break your system, 
functionality will be reduced but if it breaks then the package probably 
should be Depended upon or split into depended and recommended upon parts.

- Bruce

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