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Re: Package variant selection policy using meta packages

On Sat, 22 Dec 2012 14:24:46 +0100
Jonas Smedegaard <dr@jones.dk> wrote:

> Quoting Andrei POPESCU (2012-12-22 13:39:07)
> > On Sb, 22 dec 12, 13:17:32, Joachim Breitner wrote:
> > > Users tend to fall into one of three classes:
> > >      A. Users that, if they have foo-dev installed, always also want
> > >         foo-prof installed.
> > >      B. Users that want to manually decide for what packages they want
> > >         the -prof package and for what package not.
> > >      C. Users who don’t want any -prof package around.
> > > 
> > > Currently, we only really help user B. If user A installs foo-dev there
> > > is nothing that ensures that he gets foo-prof installed as well.
> > 
> > And a foo-dev Recommends: foo-prof is not suitable because?
> Recommends are for relations suitable for most users, not some class of 
> users.

In this case, the only difference is that using Recommends doesn't
distinguish between cases B & C. I don't see that as a problem.

IMHO, actively preventing the installation of optional dependencies is
not something which actually warrants support.

None of these packages get installed by default, simply disabling the
installation of Recommends by default meets all the requirements of
cases B & C without making an artificial block between the two.


Neil Williams

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