Re: Too many Recommends (in particular on mail-transport-agent)
On Wed, Jun 07, 2017 at 03:26:35PM +0200, Christian Seiler wrote:
> - You install package A, which Recommends: B, but you don't
> want B, notice that at the time, and either remove B
> afterwards, or install A with --no-install-recommends. But
> then you install package C at a later point in time, which
> actually depends on B. You notice that C is not what you
> wanted, purge it again, but apt-get autoremove will _not_
> remove B, even though it's automatically installed, because
> A recommends it.
> So basically, the following command sequence may or may not
> leave your system in an identical state, depending on the
> packages that previously have been installed on your system:
> apt-get install A
> apt-get purge A
> apt-get autoremove --purge
> Unfortunately, I don't see a good solution to this problem,
> and I've thought about this a lot in the past.
apt-get blacklist-from-recommends-install B
(or a similar entry in a configuration file)
This would help people who have a strong need/desire to opt out of some
specific package (e.g. pulseaudio) when it would otherwise be pulled in
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