Re: When should I consider installing suggested packages?
Elmer E. Dow wrote:
> Please cc me since I'm not currently subscribed.
> When should I consider installing suggested packages? During my limited
> experience using aptitude in Sarge I've always installed depends and
> recommended packages, never suggested. Do most users just ignore suggested
> packages, only installing them if something doesn't work?
I install them only if I know I need them. Usually I avoid installing
suggested packages. I frequently avoid installing recommended
packages! Often the maintainers get carried away with extra packages
or with recommending their own other packages.
When I install software I look at the list of recommended and
suggested packages and if one of them seems reasonable I install them
as well. But if they do not seem reasonable then I do not install
The caveat here is that I have been using UNIX/GNU systems for many
years and can make a fairly well educated guess at what is reasonable
to install or not. But often experience is the only way to learn.
And since installing and removing software is so easy I suggest to you
that you just try it and gain experience through it.