On 21/09/11 07:26, Timothy Pearson wrote: >> >> This is REALLY a stretch, but perhaps someone thought that installing >> a multimedia package would lead to wanting to fiddle with the audio >> and video drivers on the machine, and that was a good reason to >> recommend KDE-specific tools for that?? > > Actually, that's it exactly. Typical hack-arounds for inaccessible > devices usually include running the offending application as root to make > sure that permissions are not part of the problem. Not that I encourage > this behaviour, but you have to remember that I inherited the original > packaging control files from Ubuntu, and apparently someone there thought > this was a good idea... > > Why don't you create a bug report listing the various packages that > incorrectly recommend sudo, and I'll do a batch commit removing the > offending recommends from Debian. > > Tim Thanks Tim. I didn't want to clutter the bug-tracker with invalid stuff, without doing some research. Maybe root is needed to set up sound server, cdrom devices... but should not have to use only sudo on a Debian box. I never used Ubuntu, far as I read the root account is disabled altogether and sudo used for everything, unlike Debian. Both kdesudo-trinity and sudo-trinity are purged from my system and it runs extremely well. <apt-cache showpkg kdesudo-trinity> lists as Reverse Depends (I think that includes the recommends): Reverse Depends: kde-trinity,kdesudo-trinity kaffeine-trinity,kdesudo-trinity kaffeine-trinity-dbg,kdesudo-trinity so they are probably the only ones in question. Kde-trinity I see is a meta for the entire desktop and lists kdesudo-trinity as an actual dependency (I don't use kde-trinity, preferring to install from a custom package list) I looked also at sudo-trinity <apt-cache showpkg sudo-trinity> : Reverse Depends: sudo-ldap-trinity,sudo-trinity sudo-ldap-trinity,sudo-trinity kde-core-trinity,sudo-trinity smb4k-trinity,sudo-trinity kdpkg-trinity,sudo-trinity kde-core-trinity seems another meta, not installed here. Note sudo-trinity is an actual dependency of smb4k. I don't know how sudo-trinity will affect the system as I prefer to use it (sudo disabled) Fortunately for me I don't use smb4k. By the way, a reminder to new Debian/TDE users that normal kdesu is still broken for Trinity apps unless used as : <kdesu application --nonewdcop> with kdesudo-trinity purged (maybe also sudo-trinity) and ~/.trinity/share/config/kdesurc manually edited. Regarding package managers, as I understand it, the important thing is to stick with just one, usually aptitude or apt-get, to be sure the same database and logs are used. Nobody much uses dselect now but I suppose that is a valid choice if preferred, else it wouldn't exist. A desktop-specific manager (kpackage) seems to me asking for trouble.