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Bug#504880: Disambiguate "installed" for packages

Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.com> writes:
> Russ Allbery wrote:

>> How about this?
>> 	      <p>
>> 		The <tt>Depends</tt> field should also be used if the
>> 		<prgn>postinst</prgn> or <prgn>prerm</prgn> scripts
>> 		require the depended-on package to be unpacked or
>> 		configured in order to run, or if the dependend-on package
>> 		is desirable for cleanup done by <prgn>postrm</prgn>.

> I guess I am confused; when in practice is Depends better than Suggests for
> this last purpose?

When you actually want it to do something.  :)  Suggests doesn't result in
a package being installed; it's more an informational tool for high-level
package managers.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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