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Month: September 2012

Re: [trinity-users] Installing Trinity on Squeeze: problem with recommends

From: David Hare <davidahare@...>
Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:19:57 +0000
On 15/09/12 09:26, Lisi wrote:
> Hello all :-)
> I am doing a fresh install of Trinity, on a fresh install of Debian Squeeze,
> which so far has no GUI installed.
> After I issue:
> aptitude install desktop-base-trinity kde-trinity
> I get a list of 165 recommends and the question: do you accept this solution?
> Well, I think that there are 165, but the first that I can currently see is
> number 147.  Having dismally failed to find a way to see what I am being
> asked to agree to, I decided to accept all recommends, which might at least
> reduce the number of things on the screen and let me see what else, if
> anything, aptitude is telling me.  (Oh, I do miss konsole!)
> So I did:
> aptitude -r install desktop-base-trinity kde-trinity
> That made no difference at all.  Still a problem, still 165 recommends (as far
> as I can see), still:  do you accept this solution?  And I still don't know
> what "solution" it is recommending.  It might be suggesting _removing_ 165
> packages.
> So, in case I had gone bonkers and got the order wrong I tried:
> aptitude install -r desktop-base-trinity kde-trinity
> Same result.  :-(
> I am fresh out of ideas.  I have had enough physical problems building this
> computer, without software problems as well. :-(
> Help!  (And thank you, of course)
> Lisi

I don't know much of aptitude, I don't use it.

The "recommends" are just that, extra stuff for more functionality. 
Unless you have a good reason it's normally better to install them.

If you're not sure, just accept the defaults and whatever apt-get wants 
to do! You might be prompted a few times, when depends or recommends are 

Installing of "recommends" is default in Debian but you can override 
that if required with
<apt-get install --no-install-recommends package>