Ubuntu with KDE vs Kubuntu

Francisco Borges francisco.borges at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 10:07:59 BST 2008

On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 3:03 AM, Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca> wrote:
> Francisco Borges wrote:

> But I still don't accept that it's wrong to set _my_
> default handler for something I've installed to the latest package I
> install.  It's less trouble for everybody.  If you're just "trying it out",
> the issue is not changing the default, but _failing_ to change it back when
> you uninstall the package.

But that point doesn't justify the current behavior, since that is not
what happens.

What happens is that Gnome apps have a lower priority and they will
get set as default regardless of the order they get installed:

cd  /usr/lib/mime/packages
grep priority  *

>  > If you were using aptitute it should handle that for you (unless the
>  > packages were installed as recommened...)
>  Er, have you actually _tried_ using aptitude _without_
>  installing "recommends"?

Actually I did ;-) but I don't do that anymore.

I was jut mentioning that to warn that the described behavior would
not remove those packages, only the dependencies.

>  That's the default way aptitude works, and if you
>  try to override it for a specific package, it has a bad habit of trying to
>  remove _every_ package that was installed just because it was recommended.
>  Not something _I_ recommend.

AFAIK the recommends field was *used* differently some years ago (at
least on Debian systems).

The impression I have is that it was used less often, and in a more
'week" sense. But as users started using  package managers that
installed everything on it. Developers started relying much more on

(again AFAIK) The usage of "recommends" changed.

kind regards,

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