Software Management call for RFEs

Paulo César Pereira de Andrade at
Thu May 23 18:36:16 UTC 2013

2013/5/22 Björn Persson <bjorn at>:
> Jan Zelený wrote:
>> what are the changes that you would like to see in the foreseeable
>> future (say 2-3 years) and why would you like to see them (what would they
>> help you with)?
> Dare I say ... (puts on a helmet) ... Recommends and Suggests?
> We really should have a way for Yum and Packagekit to say "Hey, if
> you're installing that, maybe you also want this?". A -devel package
> and its corresponding -doc package should recommend each other for
> example. They shouldn't require each other, because then they could
> just as well be the same package, but usually you want to install them
> together and it would be helpful to at least notify users who install
> the -devel package that the -doc package also exists.
> Another example is a database server and its command line client, which
> you often but not always want to install together. The server should
> recommend the client, while the client might only suggest the server.
> A third example is graphical administration tools for some daemon that
> are in a separate package so that the daemon can be installed without
> pulling in half a desktop environment. In this case the daemon should
> suggest the tools, but perhaps not recommend them.

  The only few times I used Suggests (in Mandriva) was to "suggest"
optional, but better experience/functionality if installed, packages in
non-free, but I think I never fully understood what it is supposed to
mean, just that it is a Requires that does not break dependencies.

> Björn Persson


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