Automatic installation of recommended packages

Luis de Bethencourt bethencourt at
Wed Nov 14 13:07:00 GMT 2007

Thanks for the reply, I agree.

Luis de Bethencourt

On Nov 14, 2007 1:47 PM, Matt Zimmerman <mdz at> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 09:27:11AM +0100, Luis de Bethencourt wrote:
> > Sorry I couldn't join the discusion about it at UDS, but... what's the
> > purpose of this change?
> The "Recommends" relationship is defined as "packages that would be found
> together with this one in all but unusual installations".  This is generally
> taken to mean that it would be appropriate to install them by default, but
> allow them to be removed (aptitude and some other high-level package
> managers have had this behaviour for ages).  Currently, they're ignored by
> default, so there's no way to provide those semantics.  Implementing
> Recommends fully will fix that.
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