[Rpm-maint] various bug fixes (patches)

Pixel pixel at mandriva.com
Wed Nov 14 16:50:51 UTC 2007

Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 at freenet.de> writes:

> - Does any application need this feature?
> - How are applications supposed to use this feature?
> ATM, I am not really convinced it is _really_ useful.

IMO it's really useful. In Mandriva we've wanted this feature for
years, even if we didn't know exactly how to do it. For now we use it
as strong hints, which are installed by default, and users are able to
remove those packages afterwards.

It's used for packages that work "better" when another package is
installed (eg: plugins), though some users really don't care about the
feature and would scream if they could not get rid of the package they
don't use.

Some examples:

libalsa2   suggests libalsa-plugins
ekiga      suggests yelp
evolution  suggests spamassassin
rosegarden suggests lilypond

it's also useful for "task" meta-packages

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