Bug#31311: [Joseph Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org>] Re: Comments on Debian packages and installation
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On Wed, Dec 30, 1998 at 12:16:42PM -0800, Joey Hess wrote:
> > As you may know, no package in the main Debian distribution may
> > 'depend' or 'recommend' a non-free package. The 'suggests'
> > relationship, which is only intepreted by dselect, needs to have it's
> > GUI mechanics tuned so that relationships with non-free packages are
> > *presented* without actually causing users to worry that they need
> > that package. I think that can be done pretty simply with some
> > verbage in dselect.
> Everyone (except maybe Joseph Carter) seemed to ignore/not understand my
> earlier message about this, so I'll say it again:
> All we need to do is change dselect so if there is a Suggests: that points
> to a package that is not in the available file, dselect does not show it to
> the user. This will make users who do not have non-free selected at all not
> see the suggests, and users who do chose to have non-free selected see them.
> (Do you have a bug number yet for this bug report I can send this message to?)
Actually, it'd do to have it say "Ignoring suggestion for <package>" Of
course I am certain someone will ask "why did it ignore the suggestion?"
and we can either point them at something resembling docs or tell them
it's because the package isn't available and it's only suggested anyway
so it's not a big deal. Or something like that anyway.
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