Subject: Re: RFC: recommended dependencies (diffs attached)
To: Rene Hexel <>
From: grant beattie <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/08/2004 17:23:40
On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 04:15:45PM +1000, Rene Hexel wrote:

>   I have attached diffs to pkgsrc that do the following:
>   - Introduce a new variable, RECOMMENDED, that has
>     the same syntax as DEPENDS.

the word "RECOMMENDED" in this context, at least to me, says that
the dependency is optional but recommended (ie. the pkg would build
without it), which isn't exactly what you're getting at. I don't have
a better word suggestion, but I'm sure there is one.

there was talk about introducing optional dependencies some time ago.
I fear that "recommended" and "optional" having different fundamental
meanings would cause chaos. :)