Recommended and Suggested packages

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Wed Nov 8 05:25:52 GMT 2006

On 11/7/06, Phillip Susi <psusi at> wrote:
> 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?

As for 6.10 it installs Recommended by default. As for a UI for
showing suggested packages, there is nothing currently. Want to spec
one out?


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