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Bug#400836: Possible solution from fam packaging. Reassigning.

reassign 400836 libfam0
retitle 400386 Avoid libfam0 depends on fam

  Hello Chuan-kai:

  I think there are some stuff related to this topic already on the BTS, to 
name some of them I have found, there's [1] and [2]. Also I think this bug 
I'm reassigning is related to this problem.

  I'll tight to this latter, and the one I'm caring now. This bug was filed 
against kdelibs. After some talk within the Qt/KDE Team I think this problem 
can be solved within the libfam0 package.

  The reporter didn't want to use fam as monitor and he would also want to 
rely on inotify. This is ok, but there are some important drawbacks. From the 
pure KDE point of view, this would be hardly supported because, just to name 
a few:

  a) kde3 branch is not developed anymore
  b) Not all OS that KDE can be run on feature inotify mechanism.

  As to what Debian may concern, KDE _needs_ anything providing libfam to 
build and since kde is linked against libfam, libfam is also required to run 

  So it's not possible to remove libfam dependency and build-dependency from 
kdelibs, the main libs for KDE.

  Beside this, it should be possible to run kde without having a file 
alteration monitor, like fam. This is easy to show, since you can kill/stop 
fam service and KDE will have no problem to go on.

  Currently this approach is not possible, since libfam0 depends on fam. I'm 
not sure about the implications of libfam0 package and if it really requires 
fam package to be installed at once.

  I suggest any of these 2 approaches:
  a) Remove totally fam depends from libfam0 package
  b) Suggest fam from libfam0 package.

  Any of these 2 options would solve this bug, and probably others.

  Feel free to contact me if you need any other information/clarifycation.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=315591
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=348563

     Raúl Sánchez Siles
----->Proud Debian user<-----
Linux registered user #416098

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