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Re: no{thing} build profiles




* Russ Allbery <rra@xxxxxxxxxx> [181022 16:23]:
> Minimal installation size is *not* the only goal here.  Ease of use and
> lack of surprise is important to.

Then don't disable Recommends in apt preferences.

> Personally, I think people in this thread are too worried about trying to
> remove as many packages from their system as possible and not worried
> enough about a straightforward user experience.

I agree with Adam here.  The problem is that it is not just a small
number of packages that inflate dependencies.  It only takes a few
inflated dependencies here and a few there to result in significant
bloat.

And to be clear, this thread is not about the difference between
Suggests and Recommends.  Both of those cases allow the admin to choose
not to install the dependent package.  It is about the difference
between Recommends and Depends.  Once this line is crossed, you have
taken away the sysadmin's ability to choose.

...Marvin