[Bug 620733] Re: Empathy does not remember settings

Jeremy Visser jeremy at visser.name
Sun Oct 24 21:25:37 UTC 2010

This is stupid. Empathy depends on a settings backend, so it should
obviously depend on one, not recommend. In debian/control, you can write
the dependency list like (libdconf0 | libgconf2-4) or whatever the right
packages are.

Assuming that packages marked as Recommends will always be installed is
a pretty naïve assumption on the packager's part. Not everyone that
installs software conforms to their narrow world-view.

I thought Ubuntu was about making a Linux distro for human beings. Well,
guess what — human beings are diverse. They have diverse systems, with
diverse settings. Not everyone has Recommended packages installed by
default. Not everyone magically knows that a package is part of
something if it is removed and no alert is made because it is only a

Making Empathy work properly only on the default setup and nothing more
diverse is simply naïve. It should be a dependency, not recommend.

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