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Re: Package variant selection policy using meta packages


Am Samstag, den 22.12.2012, 12:51 -0600 schrieb Peter Samuelson:
> According to the package description, you only need the -dev package if
> you actually plan to configure the window manager instead of using its
> defaults.  Which presumably most people do, so I guess the Recommends
> makes sense.  Excpet for the part where this requires one or more -dev
> packages at all.  It looks as though configuring xmonad involves
> _recompiling_ it.  What is this, an old school Unix kernel?  I'm
> confused.

this is getting off topic, but let me lessen your confusion: The
popularity of xmonad lies in the fact that to configure it, you have the
full power of a high level programming language available. The defaults
are quite minimalistic, so most people will do that and willneed the
-dev packages.

However, they have no interest in the -prof packages altogether; this
policy decision is what I want to make easier for the user to express
and enforce.


Joachim "nomeata" Breitner
Debian Developer
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