Re: Depends/Recommends from libraries
- Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:14:13 -0800
- From: Russ Allbery <rra@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Depends/Recommends from libraries
Jonas Smedegaard <jonas@xxxxxxxx> writes:
> Quoting Russ Allbery (2017-03-09 04:24:09)
>> In general, I don't want to see us place too many restrictions on
>> Recommends. If you don't want additional helpful programs, disable
>> installing Recommends by default. I think it's very odd to worry
>> about bloat while simultaneously installing Recommends by default;
>> those aren't really consistent things to do.
> I strongly disagree: We _can_ improve on the default behaviour of our
> package handling - we need not give up and leave it to power users able
> to handle arguably broken systems.
Well, I strongly disagree with you. I think this would take things in the
wrong direction; I like that software is fully useful when Recommends are
enabled at the cost of some bloat.
If you don't want possibly unused software installed, we have a supported
mechanism for that: disable automatic installation of Recommends.
That said, it's certainly still fine to question individual choices, and
to request a downgrade to Suggests if the provided benefit is marginal.
Russ Allbery (rra@xxxxxxxxxx) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>