Does gdebi handle Recommends?

Asked by Jan Dolinár on 2009-12-07

Hi,
I would like to know if gdebi handles recommended packages the same way as other apt frontends (e.g. aptitude or synaptic)?

What I mean is that apt is by default configured with
APT::Install-Recommends "1";
APT::Install-Suggests "0";
which means that recommended packages should be handled as depending. Gdebi seems to disregard this setting... Or am I just missing something? :-)

Best regards,
Honza

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2009-12-08
Vikram Dhillon (dhillon-v10) said : #1

APT would give you an idea of what packages are suggested and
recommended, but these are optional. They are something that would be
nice to have but you don't have to have those for the proper functioning
of that program.

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Regards,
Vikram Dhillon

On Mon, 2009-12-07 at 08:05 +0000, dolik.rce wrote:
> New question #93141 on gdebi in ubuntu:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdebi/+question/93141
>
> Hi,
> I would like to know if gdebi handles recommended packages the same way as other apt frontends (e.g. aptitude or synaptic)?
>
> What I mean is that apt is by default configured with
> APT::Install-Recommends "1";
> APT::Install-Suggests "0";
> which means that recommended packages should be handled as depending. Gdebi seems to disregard this setting... Or am I just missing something? :-)
>
> Best regards,
> Honza
>

Jan Dolinár (dolik-rce) said : #2

Thanks for response. I know what recommends field means, I was just asking if gdebi respects systemwide settings in apt.conf... Regular users actually expect recommended packages to be installed. Advanced users on the other hand get the posibility to install without them. Even the Debian manual on package management (http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/ch02.en.html#_package_dependencies) says that recommends "declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency. Most users would not want the package unless all of the packages listed in this field are installed."
Anyway, I think you answered my question. The next question is: shouldn't this be considered as bug/issing feature?

Regards,
Honza

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