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Bug#493090: libwxgtk2.8-0: unwanted dependency on libgconf


On Tue, 4 Aug 2009 21:09:12 -0700
Ryan Niebur <ryanryan52@gmail.com> wrote:

> tag 493090 wontfix
> quit
> I think that this request is unreasonable. 
Why is it unreasonable to not want useless dependencies?

> I don't see what the
> problem here is. gconf doesn't do anything evil, 
I'm not going to comment on the evilness of gconf ;)

> and it's not really
> that big. just having it installed shouldn't hurt. also, there are
> many other packages which depend on gconf. 
For instance my system is at the moment completely G-free. Now with the
dependency of wx on gconf, I can't update certain packages if I want to
keep it this way (which I want). 

> why don't you want wx to
> depend on it?

I can understand, that from your, i.e. the package maintainer's, point
of view this request seems unreasonable. IMO the bug lies upstream. Why
would any non-GNOME software want to use gconf? Upstream seems to
acknowledge that this is a bug, when they say "This probably could be
corrected"[1]. Unfortunately, at the same time they say "[...] but I
don't think we will do that".

So the real solution would be to get upstream to "correct" this. But if
they are unwilling to do this, the second best thing is to factor this
out in the Debian package, so at least Debian users are not affected by
this bug.


[1] http://trac.wxwidgets.org/ticket/3719

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