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Re: Suggests vs. Recommends

I don't know if this is in line with policy, but I would split the
plugins to one package per plugin, then let each of those packages
provide "packagesearch-plugin", and let packagesearch depend on

On 8/3/07, Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 03 Aug 2007, Benjamin Mesing wrote:
> > As for 'packagesearch', even if no additional package is installed,
> > there is always the full text search available - so the package by
> > itself is useful. Thus there is no need to *Depends:* on deborphan
> > or apt-file. Also, I could imagine a 'usual' installation (compare
> > [2#Recommends]) without those packages installed, so this would hint
> > for *Suggests:*.
> That's pretty much the judgement call that has to be made.
> In the default case where someone has installed packagesearch, would
> they expect the file search and/or orphaned package plugins to work?
> You get to make a judgement one way or the other; if a significant
> population of your users complain that the Recommends: isn't necessary
> (or vice versa, that they expected the functionality not present
> because you made it a Suggests:) then you know that you should switch
> them.
> Don Armstrong
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