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Re: Bug#560786: gdb: Please make the python dependency optional

On Sun, 2009-12-20 at 03:30 +1030, Ron wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 09:34:53PM -0500, Daniel Jacobowitz wrote:
> > tags 560786 + wontfix
> > thanks
> > 
> > On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 08:22:12PM +1030, Ron wrote:
> > > Not all machines that it's useful to be able to run gdb on
> > > also need or want python installed.  Can we please make this
> > > extra dependency optional?
> > 
> > No, we can't.  You build GDB either with or without linking to Python.
> > I don't see a reason to split the GDB package into two and double its
> > archive size for this.
> I do appreciate, and share, your concern for not bloating the archive
> needlessly, but my concern is balancing that against the needs of small
> Debian systems, where the extra deps this drags in are of themselves a
> quite substantial and needless extra bloat.  They are considerably larger
> than gdb is itself, and needing to put extra flash on a board, just to
> install python, which the board itself will never use, hits a much harder
> limit than an extra 4MB package in the archive would.

Why would you install gdb on a (non-development) system, rather than a
gdb stub?


Ben Hutchings
Humans are not rational beings; they are rationalising beings.

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