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Re: Recommends for metapackages

Noel David Torres Taño <envite@rolamasao.org> writes:

> I *hate* doing things manually, that's why I'm using a bloody high-level
> metapackage. If it forces me to deinstall N-M by hand using
> --force-depends (because it breaks my Pidgin) every time I use aptitude
> to install something, either related or unrelated to Gnome, I might
> aswell go back to downloading packages by hand and using dpkg directly
> myself.

I would usually just install gnome-core once on a new system, unmarkauto
the leaf packages, and then purge gnome-core and network-manager.
Unfortunately, the drawback of that is that if gnome-core later adds new
packages, I don't pick them up by default.

I think the GNOME maintainers mentioned previously that they were fine
with there being a metapackage that was gnome-core but without
network-manager.  They just didn't want to maintain it.  While that's
going to be a very silly, tiny source package, maybe the easiest path
forward is for someone to volunteer to maintain that package in the
archive so that everyone else doesn't have to recreate the work using

(Personally, I'm a happy user of wicd.)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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