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Re: APT: suggested packages are required?

On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 11:34:54AM +0000, David Griffith wrote:
> I just noticed an odd behavior of APT when I tried installing
> inform6-compiler and inform6-library.  I used to think that
> recommended packages would be mentioned at installation, but
> wouldn't be added unless you explicitly asked for them.  So, I tried
> to install the compiler and library on a headless machine and APT
> decided that it had to also install a zcode interpreter and picked
> one that wanted to pull in all sorts of graphical libraries.  Is
> that really necessary?

By default, recommended packages are installed (suggested packages
aren't; this is different from "recommended"). You can change that
default. For example, I have, in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/95no-recommends:

  APT::Install-Recommends no;

-- tomás

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