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Re: Too many Recommends (in particular on mail-transport-agent)




On Jun 08 2017, Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 07, 2017 at 03:26:35PM +0200, Christian Seiler wrote:
>>...
>>  - You install package A, which Recommends: B, but you don't
>>    want B, notice that at the time, and either remove B
>>    afterwards, or install A with --no-install-recommends. But
>>    then you install package C at a later point in time, which
>>    actually depends on B. You notice that C is not what you
>>    wanted, purge it again, but apt-get autoremove will _not_
>>    remove B, even though it's automatically installed, because
>>    A recommends it.
>> 
>>    So basically, the following command sequence may or may not
>>    leave your system in an identical state, depending on the
>>    packages that previously have been installed on your system:
>> 
>>       apt-get install A
>>       apt-get purge A
>>       apt-get autoremove --purge
>> 
>>    Unfortunately, I don't see a good solution to this problem,
>>    and I've thought about this a lot in the past.
>>...
>
> apt-get blacklist-from-recommends-install B
> (or a similar entry in a configuration file)

I might be able to get this today when using debfoster ("negative
keepers").

Best,
Nikolaus


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