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Re: Bug#607970: release-notes: maybe discourage a bit from deactivating the auto-install of recommends

On Sat, Dec 25, 2010 at 01:02:05PM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 25, 2010 at 12:31:06PM -0500, Hendrik Boom wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 25, 2010 at 01:30:39PM +0100, Philipp Kern wrote:
> > Then it's time to go over the entire package data base and make sure 
> > this is true.  When I update My debian testing system in aptitude, it 
> > often comes up with a liet of recommended packages that wouldnt interest 
> > me at all.  Such as, for example, documentation in Estonian.  Or 
> > plug-ins for hardware I don't have.  Or the like.
> And have you filed bug reports on these packages when you've encountered
> this?  The only way these are going to be addressed is if users who find
> such issues report them.

No, because I didn't think they were bugs -- I thought that 
when a package I was installing recommended another that it meant I 
should consider whether I wanted to use these other packages too.  
Often the answer was "no".  Sometimes it was "yes" and I appreciated 
the recommendation.  And aptitude didn't automatically install them 
without first giving me a chance to say "yes".  So this seems like a 
change in the meaning of "recommends" to me, although I admit it may 
just be an end to my misunderstanding.

So making the meaning of "recommends" crystal clear is a good idea.
I quite realize that going over the entire package data base reviewing 
recommendations is impractical.

-- hendrik

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