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In debian the default configuration for installing recommendations in apt is set to true.

if you edit


and add the line

apt::install-recommends "false";

recommendations are not installed by default anymore.

You can also achieve this by adding the option

apt-get install --no-install-recommends ...

Why is this default set to true?

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marked as duplicate by Faheem Mitha, Renan, Braiam, slm, vonbrand Mar 31 '14 at 1:54

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I believe this is essentially a duplicate of unix.stackexchange.com/q/77053/4671 though it is phrased a little differently. –  Faheem Mitha Mar 30 '14 at 19:56
I don't have any better explanation of why than what @FaheemMitha linked to, but as for how to work around it, try: apt-get -o apt::install-recommends=true –  cpugeniusmv Mar 30 '14 at 19:58
@cpugeniusmv: that was not the question, I wonder why that is the default –  rubo77 Mar 30 '14 at 20:59
I see, It is answered in that question, although the question there is a bit weird. The Answer is what I was looking for though: unix.stackexchange.com/a/77076/20661 –  rubo77 Mar 30 '14 at 21:13

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It is recommended to leave this on default as it is unless you are really low on disk-space to get less problems.

for more info see this answer: http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/77076/20661

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