Thanks for the suggestion.
I tried both 'aptitude -r upgrade' and 'aptitude --with-recommends upgrade'. A few lines before the 'Do you want to continue?', I get
'The following packages are RECOMMENDED but will NOT be installed: bzip2 perl-doc xxxx xxxx'
Is my option set incorrectly? It seems that the recommended packages are still not installed.
Originally posted by bp12345
There is an option in synaptic and aptitude to 'consider reccommended packages as dependancies', which will then install all reccommended packages as well as the real dependancies, but only for those that you installed after you set that option.
For the suggested packages I don't know... but there mioght be a text configuration file you can edit.