Software Management call for RFEs

Oron Peled oron at
Wed May 22 23:20:59 UTC 2013

On Wednesday 22 May 2013 23:33:05 Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> TBH I don't think we need Suggests AND Recommends.  I can never
> remember the difference on Debian.  Wouldn't most people would be
> satisfied with a single way to suggest useful packages?

Thinking about it, the terminology adopted by "comps" is clearer
and provides a generalization of this -- if someone select something
they get:
 - Mandatory packages (cannot be deselected)
 - Default packages (selected, but the user may deselect)
 - Optional packages (deselected, but the user may select)

Borrowing similar logic for rpm we could have in the spec file:
  Name: acme
  Requires: foo, foo-utils
  InstallDefault: bar, perl-bar, python-bar
  InstallOptional: baz, baz-ldap

Now it would be classic to use "--with/--without" as command line flags,
but it's already taken :-(

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