Re: APT: suggested packages are required?
- Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:01:07 -0500
- From: Michael Stone <mstone@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: APT: suggested packages are required?
On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 12:45:49PM +0100, tomas@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
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:
Or use aptitude, and make decisions interactively about what gets