request for release notes translations

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at
Mon Apr 20 14:46:52 BST 2009

Hi Artur,

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 03:50:37PM +0200, Artur Szymanski wrote:
> I'm wondering if string in Section "Recommended packages installed by
> default" that reads "if you want to make this permanent, set
> APT::Install-Recommends "false"; in /etc/apt/apt.conf." shouldn't be
> change to "if you want to make this permanent, type sudo echo
> "APT::Install-Recommends "false";" >> /etc/apt/apt.conf.
> In my installation of 9.04 I have not /etc/apt/apt.conf file and
> probably I had not it in my 8.10 as well.
> Maybe I wrong and accidentaly I removed apt.conf file some time ago, so
> I would like to ask you if this file should or not be in default
> installation.

apt.conf does not exist by default.  However, I'm not sure we want to give a
specific command for this in the release notes, as opposed to leaving it as
a question of using your editor to make the change; generally speaking,
turning off auto-installation of recommends is not going to give very
satisfactory results for the average user, so if a user doesn't already know
how to edit config files on their system, I don't think we should be giving
them a loaded gun to shoot themselves in the foot with.

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