how to have yum prefer one dependency over others

Michael Schroeder mls at
Mon Sep 19 16:25:05 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:05:47AM -0500, Matyas Selmeci wrote:
> I see. So 'Suggests' means it gets automatically installed (unless it
> explicitly conflicts with something already install I presume?), but
> can be removed without breaking the package it was brought in for
> (unless no other package provides the phonon-backend dependency).
> Do I have that right?

Actually 'Recommends' should be used when you want automatic
installation. Suggests is more a hint for the user.
Depsolvers often also use it to break ambiguities, so when
multiple packages provide some dependency, the suggested one
is chosen.


Michael Schroeder                                   mls at
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