Bug#682726: closed by Ben Hutchings <email@example.com> (Bug#682726: fixed in linux 3.2.29-1)
On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:16:14AM -0400, Filipus Klutiero wrote:
> reopen 682726
> On 2012-09-19 01:48, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> >On Tue, 2012-09-18 at 20:10 -0400, Filipus Klutiero wrote:
> >>On 2012-09-18 14:30, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> >>>This is an automatic notification regarding your Bug report
> >>>which was filed against the linux-source-3.4 package:
> >>>#682726: [linux-source-3.4] make xconfig: "Unable to find the QT4 tool qmake."
> >>>It has been closed by Ben Hutchings<firstname.lastname@example.org>.
> >>>Their explanation is attached below along with your original report.
> >>>If this explanation is unsatisfactory and you have not received a
> >>>better one in a separate message then please contact Ben Hutchings<email@example.com> by
> >>>replying to this email.
> >>I understand that suggesting pkg-config might reduce the prevalence of
> >>this bug, but how would that solve it?
> >There is no solution to the problem of 'optional dependencies'; this is
> >the best you're going to get.
> If by 'optional dependencies' you mean assuming a feature provided
> by a package on which the dependency is not declared as absolute,
> there are certainly solutions; declare the dependency as absolute or
> stop assuming the feature's presence.
It's not a hard dependency because you can use the package in question
in a sensible way without pkg-config. (E.g. by sticking to nconfig) So
adding a dependency isn't right.
The Depends field should be used if the depended-on package is required
for the depending package to provide a significant amount of
[...] [Suggests] is used to declare that one package may be more
useful with one or more others. Using this field tells the
packaging system and the user that the listed packages are
related to this one and can perhaps enhance its usefulness, but
that installing this one without them is perfectly reasonable.
So it seems the decision depends on qconfig being "significant" or not.
IMHO Suggests is fine.
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