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Re: Recommends for metapackages

On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 04:18:17PM +0200, Gergely Nagy wrote:
> "Eugene V. Lyubimkin" <jackyf@debian.org> writes:
> > On 2012-07-10 15:32, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> >> Le mardi 10 juillet 2012 à 17:38 +0900, Miles Bader a écrit : 
> >> > What's wrong with Recommends: in that case?  It seems to perfectly
> >> > match the "makes life easier for <common but not universal use-case
> >> > XXX>" scenario you describe.
> >> 
> >> Recommends is wrong for metapackages because it gets upgrades very
> >> wrong. This is why it is used very marginally.
> >
> > Standards should not depend on implementation details. I see zero
> > reasons why metapackages are (or should be) specific here. Whatever $it
> > that gets upgrades wrong should be fixed instead.
> But the purpose of the meta-package is to pull stuff in. Depends does
> that, Recommends does not, therefore Recommends is not appropriate for
> the task.

Of course it does. Five years ago, when apt didn't install recommends by
default, recommends might not have been appropriate, but these days it

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the following formula:

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