Bug#504880: Disambiguate "installed" for packages
Russ Allbery wrote:
> Jonathan Nieder <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> Russ Allbery wrote:
>>> The <tt>Depends</tt> field should also be used 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.
All right, Recommends then. :)
My real question was: does this ever happen in the real world?
- doc-base already removes any remaining state when *it* is purged
- debconf does not, but that is a bug. In practice, debconf is
almost never uninstalled.
My worry is that people will start depending on such packages “just in
case”. Recommends seems better for this purpose since there are already