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Re: perl-doc recommendation

[+#504042, debian-dpkg, deity]

On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 1:02 AM, Niko Tyni <ntyni@debian.org> wrote:
> I could use some backing with #504042 / #496770 (perl-doc gets pulled
> in by default).
> You tagged #442805 as wontfix with
>> There is a bit of history with the perl-doc package...  The perl
>> community has been at times very critical of the fact that the docs are
>> split out *at all*.  The argument is that the docs are an integral part
>> of the perl distribution.
> Have you got any references? I've been searching for a while and the
> best I came up with was
>  http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl6.stdlib/2000/09/msg109.html
> which doesn't really apply as #86154 has been fixed for ages.
> Please comment on #504042 if possible. I can see this becoming a popular
> complaint with lenny because it's the first release where apt installs
> recommends by default.


apt installing recommends by default certainly paints this issue with
a different colour.  An odd choice, given that the same problem
existed with dselect until joeyh provided a fix which caused the
prompt for recommended packages for installation to be presented only

Many of the complaints about Debian's handling of documentation came
from IRC, where recommendations of "perldoc -f whatever" were often
met with a response from the querent of "perdoc not found".  These
complaints have subsequently been addressed by the addition of the
stub perldoc which provides instructions to "apt-get install

So you may be able to downgrade the recommendation to a suggests,
although a better suggestion might be for apt/dpkg to support a
"Soft-Recommends" which would be installed by default only when the
package was directly selected, rather than pulled in as a dependency.


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