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Bug#980049: fwupd: Should fwupd specify dbus as a dependency?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lukas Pirl <bugs.debian@lukas-pirl.de>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 13:51
> To: Limonciello, Mario
> Cc: 980049@bugs.debian.org
> Subject: Re: Bug#980049: fwupd: Should fwupd specify dbus as a dependency?
> Thanks for your quick reply, Mario.
> On Wed, 2021-01-13 16:10 +0000, Limonciello, Mario wrote as excerpted:
> > I don't think it's a true dependency.  You can use fwupdtool without it.
> > It's only needed for fwupdmgr.
> > Perhaps a Recommends would be better?
> I didn't know if fwupd is really useful without fwupdmgr. If using fwupd
> without fwupdmgr is a common use case then yes, listing dbus as recommended
> package is probably appropriate.

I don't believe we have any evidence to say which use cases are more "common".
But it's a use case that is supported by upstream, particularly since you can
now optionally build without daemon/client and fwupdtool is placed in PATH by

As such, I'll add a Recommends.

> > That being said I don't think it would solve it for you.  Systemd has dbus
> > as a Recommends and you still appear to not have it.
> Even if systems are configured to not install recommended packages by default
> (you are right, it does not solve it for me), then the list of recommended
> packages can provide helpful clues, at least.


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