Recommended and Suggested packages

Sebastian Heinlein glatzor at
Wed Nov 8 05:24:40 GMT 2006

Am Dienstag, den 07.11.2006, 10:55 -0500 schrieb Phillip Susi:
> It seems to me that the various package management utilities all pay no 
> mind to the Recommended: and Suggested: control fields.  This seems sad 
> to me that we have these useful fields but they go unused.
> This impacted me recently when I was looking for something to rip some 
> cds with, and found grip in the add programs applet and installed it. 
> The package fails to work correctly out of the box because it needed 
> vorbis-tools for encoding.  The vorbis-tools package was listed as a 
> Recommended package, but unless you specifically looked for that, you 
> would never know.
> I am sure there are a number of examples of packages that Recommend 
> other packages that they work tightly with to provide users with 
> expected functionality.  It seems to me that at least the gui apt tools 
> should be enhanced to pay attention to the Recommended: and Suggested: 
> fields and prompt the user to install the listed packages.  I think they 
> should show a simple dialog box stating that this package strongly 
> recommends that you also install the following packages, ok to proceed? 
>   And list the packages and have them auto selected.  At that point the 
> user can deselect them, or click on them for more information, or hit ok 
> to install.  The same would be done for Suggested, only instead default 
> with them deselected and inform the user that the following packages 
> might be useful in conjunction with this one.
> Thoughts?


Synaptic and aptitude can already handle recommends as dependencies.


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