Re: proposed changes to debian-faq
Justin B Rye <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Brian Potkin wrote:
> > Justin B Rye wrote:
> >> Beatrice Torracca wrote:
> >>> @@ -387,7 +387,7 @@
> >>> multimedia applications and
> >>> dictionaries in Debian and has been introduced since some users might
> >>> want to access the raw data without installing the program or because
> >>> -the program can be run without the data itself, making it optional.
> >>> +the program can be run without the data itself, making them optional.
> >> No; "data" is "it", not "them", at least for English-speakers born
> >> after about 1950. If you want to avoid the issue, you can say "making
> >> the package optional".
> In fact looking at it again I'm not sure I understood it correctly in
> the first place. What is it that's optional - the data, the package,
> or the dictionaries etc.?
Looking at the whole chapter, I think that the foo-data package is the one
which is meant to be optional (meant on the base of the package dependencies).
So I have changed that into
"the program can be run without the data itself, making `foo-data' optional."
That brought me to this part:
"If you use <prgn>aptitude</prgn> (see <ref
id="aptitude">) as your package management tool it will, however,
track automatically installed packages and remove them when no
packages remain that need them in your system."
This is no longer true strictly spoken, since apt now also provides this
feature (see 'apt-get autoremove').
So I have changed this into:
However, if you use <prgn>apt-get</prgn>
(see <ref id="apt-get">) or <prgn>aptitude</prgn> (see <ref id="aptitude">)
as your package management tool, they will
track automatically installed packages and give the possibility to
remove them, when no packages needing them remain in your system.
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