Subject: Re: pkg/4771: gv pkg doesn't depend on ghostscript, as it should
To: Mike Long <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Tim Rightnour <email@example.com>
Date: 01/04/1998 07:05:03
On 04-Jan-98 Mike Long spoke unto us all:
# > while this will give a functioning executable, it won't give a
# > useful one, as gv needs ghostscript to function.
# I don't think this is really necessary. What if the user has already
# built and installed ghostscript independently of the package system,
# and merely wishes to upgrade to gv from ghostview?
# Judgement of utility should be left to the end user, not built into
# the package system.
Perhaps it should just say "you really need ghostscript to make any use of this
program, please install it." in the little pkg note file..
OTOH: is there a way to make the package system smarter and have it look for a
file outside of the user's /pkg hierarchy? like do a "whereis gs" and use that
as a condition of dependency..
Tim Rightnour - firstname.lastname@example.org