Re: xlib6g now depends on xfree86-common (?)
On Tue, Feb 09, 1999 at 07:11:34PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Feb 1999, Marcelo E. Magallon wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 09, 1999 at 04:44:44PM +0100, Santiago Vila wrote:
> > > It has come to my attention that the new xlib6g base now depends on
> > > xfree86-common.
> > >
> > > I think this dependency is artificial, because of two reasons:
> > Santiago, I really hope you are not proposing to remove that dependency.
> > Did you take a look at xfree86-common's filelist?
> > * A bunch of directories. Some programs don't work if those directories
> > doesn't exist. Which programs? The programs that depend on xlib6g.
> This is the point.
> Do you guarantee that *every* program will break if those directories do
> not exist?
> If there is a single program that does not break, the dependency is
> artificial and we should allow every package to depend on xfree86-common,
> on xlib6g, or both, in an independent fashion.
That is probably one of the stupidest arguments I've ever heard. I don't
think it's gonna kill anyone to install xfree86-common. Look at what you are
saying. Do you think people are gonna get pissed cause they have to install
a measly 100k package? No. However, I can see plenty of people being angry
because some random X app doesn't work because some directories are missing.
Now you say we could just make all the packages depend on xfree86-common,
are you crazy or do you just want to make everyones job that much harder?
> If every program breaks, then why two different packages?
> Just merge xfree86-common and xlib6g into xfree86-common.
> > [...]
> > (The other solution is to merge xfree86-common back in xlib6g, where it
> > lived for a long time, but why do that? You have a very nice binary-all
> > pacakge there)
> Fine. *This* is a valid point (glad that you mentioned it).
> Splitting an existing package into a binary-all and a binary-<arch>
> is something useful when the binary-all package is big enough.
> [ xfree86-common is 114612 bytes long. xlib6g is 943382 bytes long,
> if the X maintainer says it is worth to split, I accept it ].
> If this is the reason for the split, could we have it please
> written in xfree86-common's README?
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