And that's the correct behavior. You have chosen not to install
recommends for this package, so reinstalling the package should not pull
them in now, aka forget your choice. Eventually there might be a new
command to do stuff like this, but we have not come up with a name yet.

** Bug watch added: Debian Bug tracker #894976

** Also affects: apt (Debian) via
   Importance: Unknown
       Status: Unknown

** Changed in: apt (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Triaged

** Changed in: apt (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided => Wishlist

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  apt-get install --reinstall --install-recommends ... doesn't install

Status in apt package in Ubuntu:
Status in apt package in Debian:

Bug description:
  apt-cache policy apt
    Installed: 1.6~beta1
    Candidate: 1.6~beta1
    Version table:
   *** 1.6~beta1 500
          500 bionic/main amd64 Packages
          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

  Whilst trying to use virt-manager it reported requiring additional packages 
to run the SpiceClientGTK, which are Recommends of virt-manager.

  System is configured with:


  I did:

  apt-get install --reinstall --install-recommends

  but the Recommends are not installed. It seems that "--install-
  recommends" is silently ignored.

  apt-get remove virt-manager && apt-get install --install-recommends


  There's one of two bugs here, either:

  1. should not ignore --install-recommends
  2. should report it is ignoring --install-recommends

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