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Re: APT: suggested packages are required?

On 29/11/18 2:01 AM, Michael Stone wrote:
> 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:
>>  APT::Install-Recommends no;
> Or use aptitude, and make decisions interactively about what gets
> installed.

Presumably you're talking about the full-screen interactive interface to
aptitude - aptitude can otherwise be just as non-interactive as the others.


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