Bug#627083: "recommends: jackd" is a bit weak
dr at jones.dk
Tue May 17 16:37:22 UTC 2011
On 11-05-17 at 05:39pm, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
> On 2011-05-17 17:24, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> > On 11-05-17 at 05:03pm, IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote:
> >> currently libjack "recommends" to install jackd, which usually
> >> evaluates to not automatically install jackd if a package depends
> >> on libjack.
> > It seems you have the terms confused, but the actual effect is
> > correct:
> > Currently libjack _suggests_ jackd (not recommend).
> correct, sorry for the confusion.
No problem. Just took me a moment to wrap it around in my head :-)
> > I agree with the logic of that bugreport:
> > Generally libraries for daemons should *not* recommend their daemon.
> good to know.
> i darkly remember something like this, but cannot find it right now.
> do you have any links?
I was not referring to Debian Policy, but summarizing the sanity that I
then afterwards elaborated on a bit.
Sorry, I could have mentioned more clearly that it was my own personal
reasoning, not a universal truth.
The underlying rules of Suggests and Recommends is, however, quite
clearly defined in Debian Policy §7.2:
There it says that "Recommends:" is for needs at "all but unusual
So it is not enough that it is /often/ needed.
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