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Bug#706434: cifs-utils: Can the recommend on winbind be changed to suggests?

Package:  cifs-utils
Version:  2:5.0-1
Severity: important
User:     debian-edu@lists.debian.org
Usertags: debian-edu

Hi.  We discovered to our surprise in Debian Edu that the PAM setup in
Wheezy now got pam_winbind enabled.  This is done by installing
libpam-winbind.  We tracked the cause down to installing cifs-utils by
default on all profiles (included in the education-common meta-package).

We want cifs-utils installed to allow CIFS mounting to work, and this
package recommend winbind, which in turn recommend libpam-winbind (and
libnss-winbind, but that is less of a problem.  As far as I can tell,
cifs-utils work just fine without winbind available, at least for our
use case.

I notice that winbind was added as a recommend to cifs-utils 2011-07-20
in version 2:5.0-1, with this changelog entry:

  * Install cifs.idmap upcall binary and manpage
    - Add libwbclient-dev to Build-Depends
    - Add winbind to Recommends

I do not really understand what that change is all about, so my request
might be misguided.  But in any case, I ask this simple question:

Can cifs-utils be changed to only suggest winbind instead of
recommending it?

Happy hacking
Petter Reinholdtsen

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