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Re: Agenda for the 2009-05-26 Packaging Committee meeting





On Wed, 27 May 2009, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:

On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 07:10:42AM +0200, Tim Lauridsen wrote:
soft-deps (Suggests/Recommends) is really hard to handle at the
depsolver level. A depsolver need to now the hard ones, not stuff like
'it would look very nice to have pink bracelet to my little pony'. It is
hard to make good decisions based on that, a asking the user every time
is not a good solution IMO. You will need to take a popquiz every time
you what to install a package.
I can see that the information can be useful at a high level gui or in
some kind of appstore. People there have bought 'foo' have also bought
'bar'. But at the lowlevel like rpm/yum is not very useful, because we
don't have the needed infomation to make a good decision.

There's no real difficulty here.  The depsolver ignores 'suggests' for
resolving dependencies.  The UI needs to change to allow these to be
selected, or in the case of command line tools like yum, to print them
out at the end.  "You may also be interested in packages A, B and C".


I think the number of disputing perspectives in this thread ALONE on how suggests would be handles proves that it is not obvious on its face how suggests should be handled.

-sv


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