On Wed, 2012-08-29 at 14:11 +0200, Bernd Zeimetz wrote: > People who disable recommends get to deal with any breakage they > generate by doing so. Promoting things which should be recommends to > depends because of this punishes those who are using the system in the > suggested manner. Uhm why? Each package depends on exactly what it needs to work and recommends anything which adds e.g. additional features but doesn't cause non-graceful breakage if missing. Now if compilation packages like nagios-plugins-contrib are split up into smaller packages, one would still have a nagios-plugins-contrib meta package that recommeds all the split packages, where each one contains exactly one plugin and depends on exactly what's needed. Works perfectly for both, expert users and beginners, one never comes into a situation where an actual dependency is missing, because it was declared as recommends only, while one has still full control / choice on what gets installed or not. Chris.
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