Bug#504880: Disambiguate "installed" for packages
Jonathan Nieder <email@example.com> writes:
> 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
> no guarantees.
Steve should probably respond here since he's the one who raised the
issue. I'm not at all happy with using Recommends for this purpose, and I
suspect that the suggestion to use Recommends indicates a bug in my
wording. Maybe I needed a stronger word than desirable?
As Steve pointed out, this is generally going to be a no-op, since if
you're cleaning something up in postrm, you probably already depended on
it because you're using it in postinst.
Russ Allbery (firstname.lastname@example.org) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>