If you are using Debian Lenny and are installing software packages using apt-get then you might have noticed the new version of apt-get in Lenny installs the recommends packages automatically thus increasing the number of packages installed on your computer.
The apt-get in Debian Etch (4.0) did not use to install recommends packages. In this post, we will see how we can permanently tell apt-get NOT to install recommends packages. For those of you who are not sure about Debians depends, recommends and suggested packages, please refer to this doc. This is important if you have limited storage space on your system, say for example an embedded system.