[Pkg-nagios-devel] Bug#640070: nagios-plugins: some ideas on improving the package documentation

Christoph Anton Mitterer calestyo at scientia.net
Fri Sep 2 10:50:06 UTC 2011

> A description what each package can be used for will be too verbose for
> package description.
Yeah,.. probably,.. and I guess most plugins are pretty much
self-descriptive anyway...

> This is intentionally, as we had serveral complaints and bugreport by
> users 
> which wanted to get rid of these dependencies but using the package.
> dependencies are recommands and are installed automatically, if you
> have disabled installing recommands, which is the default behavior.
Well... I'm a bit uncertain whether I find this good or not,..
Clearly you have the advantage that you don't have to pull in deps you
don't need anyway... OTOH this somehow breaks the idea of the dependency
Personally I'd prefer to see than a sub-package per check, and the
-standard package either just another meta.package or going.

> Sorry, you are a confusing me a bit as I don't understand what you want
> tell me. /usr/share/doc/nagios-plugins-standard/README.Debian.plugins
> exists 
> on all system which have the package nagios-plugins-standard installed.
Yes, but if you have just the -basic installed,.. that file is still
referred to in the README.Debian file of the -basic (!) package.

>> It should perhaps be noted, that the -basic plugins have no furhter
>> and all are already guaranteed via package dependencies, AFAIU.
> I think "This package provides a basic set of plugins with minimal
> external 
> dependencies." is sufficiant and this is part of the actual description
> nagios-plugins-basic.
I rather meant this for the README.Debian file anyway,... to show that -
in contrast to the -standard package - users don't have to manually install

> I don't thing this makes really sense, as something like 'apt-cache show

> nagios-plugins-standard | grep "^[Depends|Recommends]"' gives you this 
> information.
Well this gives you just the list of _all_ deps/recommends... you don't
know from this which you actually need for say check_bgpstate. None? all?
just libnet-snmp-perl?


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