Re: Prompt to install missing software?
> > I have a PyGTK-based program that has an optional dependency on the
> > package python-matplotlib.
> > Is there any way under Debian (and hopefully also Ubuntu) that I can
> > trigger gtk-debi or something like that when the user requests to use
> > the part of my program that depends on stuff they haven't installed yet?
> > What would be the best way of doing that from python, if such a thing
> > exists?
> That seems like too much work. Why not just document the optional
> dependencies. Additionally, if the features are that nice to have why
> not make the packages which provide the functionality Recommended?
According to the policy Recommends "declares a strong, but not absolute,
The Recommends field should list packages that would be found together
with this one in all but unusual installations." 
Which IMO is clearly not the case here. Many users probably won't need
that particular feature.
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