Universe Recommends for packages in main

Colin Watson cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Wed Jul 9 13:41:01 BST 2008

On Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 09:52:48AM +0100, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 06, 2008 at 06:18:59PM +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> > I think this is generally a good attitude towards packages pulled in
> > by Recommends:. We managed without them so far, so I feel most
> > of them are not justified for CD inclusion. 
> I'm not entirely convinced...it's certainly possible that we don't know what
> we've been missing. :-)
> Is there any provision in germinate for "negative" seeding?  If something is
> considered correct as a Recommends, but we want to force it off of the CD,
> can we do that without changing the package?

I think it's a very bad idea. This means that apt will never tell you
about it in future, because after all you installed it once and ignored
the Recommends. Is there much point in keeping the Recommends in this

That said, it is possible for extreme cases; see libavcodec.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

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