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Bug#504880: Disambiguate "installed" for packages

Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder@gmail.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 (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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