Re: Unable to connect to my home wireless
On Fri, 21 May 2010 13:51:45 -0400
Jordan Metzmeier <email@example.com> wrote:
> The IRC bot in #debian has this to say about "why recommends":
> From lenny onwards, apt-get and aptitude both install "Recommended"
> packages by default. From <policy> section 7.2, Recommends, "declares a
> strong, but not absolute, dependency. The Recommends field should list
> packages that would be found together with this one in all but unusual
> installations." You're not that unusual, trust us. By not installing
> "recommended" packages, you will be missing functionality.
But I've long found the 'recommends' concept to be somewhat tricky and
perhaps to vary from maintainer to maintainer. For example, mesa-utils
needs GLX, which, practically speaking, means that you need
libgl1-mesa-dri. The maintainer refuses to make this even a
recommends, basically since the X server can run on a different machine:
Now, I'd bet (although I suppose that I may be wrong) that the vast
majority of Debian installations have the X server and clients on the
same machine, and the other case is probably the more 'unusual' one.
OTOH, acpi-support 'recommends' radeontool, even though this package is
utterly irrelevant to those without ATI Radeon chipsets:
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