Bug#6394: marked as done (dpkg: dselect's treatment of Recommends)
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joey Hess)
Subject: dpkg: dselect's treatment of Recommends
There has seemed to be agreement on debian-devel in the past that dselect
should treat "recommends" more like "suggests" and less like "depends".
Currently, if you have a package that is recommended by another package,
and you don't want to install the recommended package, dselect will flag
the recommended package for installation each time you go to Select
This has lead to lots of ugly hacks like making a local package that is
empty and provides the reccommended package.
I suggest that dselect be changed to handle recommends more like it
currently handles suggests.
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From: Ben Collins <email@example.com>
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1685: dpkg-split command line parsing.
My take on this, the options expected aren't in a compatible format,
so it can't be made GNU style. Also the man page shows that the
complained about format is expected. IMO, if it's documented as such,
then it should be acceptible. GNU is not the endall argument format.
16217: prompting for clearing avail on updates in dselect
dselect doesn't seem to do this anymore
10263: segfaults on upgrade
Very old bug concerning libc5->libc6 upgrades. I don't think we have any
way to really reproduce it, plus the reports show that the cause was
possibly found from some dependencies, but the original poster never
4074: conffile's left behind
Not a current problem with dpkg it seems
1037: dselect help screen
Ian said he would fix this in the report when he released the C version of
dpkg, that seems to have occured (bug report is vague on what the actual bug
is, and attempts at clarifying have failed).
Ben....more to come