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    Listing recommended and suggested packages
    Contributed by ew on Friday, February 22 @ 22:49:24 GMT

    Package Management
    There has been some talk about the fact that apt-get
    doesn't tell you about recommended and suggested
    packages when installing ("Why
    must apt fall short of the mark?"
    and "Woody's
    features ..."
    ).

    So I've made a small perl script that will list the
    names of all the recommended and/or suggested packages
    on the system, and the name of the package(s) that
    recommends or suggests them.

    The script is called
    debrecsug and can be found at http://62.70.58.80/~ew/debian/debrecsug.

    (Now I'm just waiting for someone to inform me that
    there already exists a tool in Debian that does the
    exact same thing... 🙂

     
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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 4, Informative)
    by tj on Friday, February 22 @ 23:42:33 GMT
    (User Info) http://shakti.tky.hut.fi

    > (Now I'm just waiting for someone to inform me that there already exists a tool in Debian that does the exact same thing... 🙂
    Here you go 🙂
    apt-get install grep-dctrl
    grep-dctrl -F suggests,recommends -s package,suggests,recommends -e . /var/lib/dpkg/status | egrep -v ": *$"

    I couldn't live without grep-dctrl...

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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 1, Informative)
    by MrCooper on Saturday, February 23 @ 00:39:45 GMT
    (User Info) http://debian.org/~daenzer

    Who needs all this with things like aptitude? 🙂

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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 3, Insighful)
    by Zygo (i-crawled-debianplanet-to-spam-Zygo@umail.hungrycats.org) on Saturday, February 23 @ 01:37:37 GMT
    (User Info) http://www.hungrycats.org/

    IMHO the minimal nature of apt-get is a feature. I know that if I ask apt-get to install a package, I will get only the absolute minimum set of new packages installed (assuming that the package dependencies are correct, of course).

    Front-ends like aptitude are more suited to installing non-minimal packages; they can interact with the user and help select which of many optional (rec/sug) packages should be installed.

    I use both apt-get and aptitude depending on whether I'm in the market for a single package, or "shopping" for related packages in the dependency tree.

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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 1)
    by Integral on Saturday, February 23 @ 16:30:01 GMT
    (User Info)

    In CVS aptitude:

    aptitude search '~Brecommends|~Bsuggests'

    Reading Package Lists... Done

    Building Dependency Tree

    Reading extended state information... Done

    3270-common - Common files for IBM 3270 emulators {x,c,s,tcl}3270, and pr3287.

    44bsd-rdist - 4.4BSD rdist.

    a2ps - GNU a2ps 'Anything to PostScript' converter and pretty-printer

    abbrowser - Address book reader

    abc2mtex - An easy way of transcribing folk and traditional music

    abc2ps - Translates ABC music description files to PostScript

    .

    .

    .

    (followed by many more pages of stuff -- I don't have many satisfied recommends/depends)

    This is a very crude start and was just coded about 5 minutes ago.

    Daniel

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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 1)
    by piman on Sunday, February 24 @ 19:26:41 GMT
    (User Info) http://www.sacredchao.net

    Feta has had this for a while, along with a CLI that lets you select which of the recommended/suggested packages you want to install (and selecting virtual packages through the use of apt-cache depends).

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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, February 25 @ 16:52:16 GMT

    Ok, there already exists such tool(s), but hey, credits for the great work anyway!

    Debian developers are the best 🙂

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    Re: Listing recommended and suggested packages (Score: 1, Funny)
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 26 @ 12:50:15 GMT

    I still use dselect.

    It does everything nicely.

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    Getting rid of Ximian Gnome (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 27 @ 09:05:54 GMT

    I just noticed that I still have (at least) two Ximian Gnome packages left installed, from when I used to run Potato (I now run Sid).

    Does anyone know of something I can run to make sure that no Ximian packages remain after I replace these two?

    I think that they all have the word "ximian" in the version string.

    Thanks... /M

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