[Pkg-owncloud-maintainers] owncloud package "Recommends" bloated?

MJ Ray mjr at phonecoop.coop
Tue Aug 19 17:34:51 UTC 2014

Nitzan Raz wrote:
> https://github.com/owncloud/core/issues/6355 [...]
> But I see the post was from 16-12-2013 and both the Ubuntu OC6 package
> (which I'm 99% certain is ported from Debian), and the Debian
> backports OC7 package has libreoffice under "Recommends", causing apt
> to require 733MB on my server.

Various comments on that discussion on the evil github give the correct
reasons: libreoffice is used for preview/thumbnail generation, which
means it is "Recommends" in policy.  That is for something "that would
be found together with this one in all but unusual installations".

Also, apt does not "require" 733MB.  If yours is one of those "unusual
installations" that doesn't want previews, you could either tell apt not
to install Recommends in general (by changing its configuration) or not
to install them in this particular case (by giving the
--no-install-recommends option on the command-line).

> I assume you gentlemen are aware of this, and would like to hear the
> reasons for not modifying the package dependencies.

Please do not assume all developers are gentlemen, or even male.

Hope that explains,
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