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Re: dependencies woes with Debian MediaWiki package

On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 07:38:36PM +0100, Simon Jolle sjolle <urandomdev@gmail.com> was heard to say:
> I have here VDS with minimal Debian installation. Why Debian wish to
> install me Firefox, Gnome/GTK+ components, X11 components, Latex, Sound
> server, portmap, quite enough libraries etc.

  I apologize for taking so long to get back to you.

  I asked whether you were running etch because the unstable/testing
version of mediawiki doesn't have dependencies that would pull in the
stuff you're talking about.  I've taken a brief look at the stable
version, and I think I see what's happening.  You can probably install
links or add --without-recommends to the command-line to get a saner

  * Mozilla: iceape-browser gets installed because tetex-doc recommends
             it.  tetex-doc is recommended by tetex-base, which is
	     pulled in by tetex-bin.

	     This is the cause of most of your problems; if you install
	     a text-mode browser like links, it will fulfill this
	     dependency and iceape won't get installed.

  * Gnome/GTK+: pulled in by Mozilla, as far as I can tell.

  * X11: some of these are really necessary.  mediawiki-math needs latex
    and Ghostscript components, and these depend on X11 libraries
    because they manipulate X11 fonts and/or can connect to an X server.

  * Latex: for mediawiki-math.

  * Sound server: I think this is pulled in by Gnome/GTK+.

  * portmap: Pulled in by fam (part of Gnome)


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