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Re: Policy / best practice regarding locales packages: recommend or suggest?

On Wed, 25 May 2005, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:

> Hello people,


> Some of my packages have a separate -locales or -languages package that
> (indeed) contains the locales of my package. E.g. squirrelmail has a
> companion squirrelmail-locales that you need if you want to use
> SquirrelMail in a language other than English. Let's take that package
> as an example.
> My question is what relationship I should specify in the squirrelmail
> package w.r.t. squirrelmail-locales: Depends, Recommends, or Suggests?
> I've looked but could not find anything in the Debian Policy or other
> materials that has a 'standard' or 'best practice' for it.
> I'm pretty sure that Depends is not right: the squirrelmail package is
> completely usable without s-l to those that only need an English interface.

Indeed, Depends is not right.

> Recommends or Suggests is a bit trickier. Recommends is about "all but
> unusual installations", and Suggests claims "that installing this one
> without them is perfectly reasonable".
> Is there any common policy for which I should choose? And if not, what
> are your opinions on this matter?

If some parts can not be used without some package installed (or if all
but unusual installations) => Recommends

This is perfectly reasonable to use in this case IMHO.

Suggests is IMO only for stuff not in Debian main or if only a minority
use the mentioned package together with this package.



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