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Dependency hell, again (was Re: dasher)

I sent an email to Patrick off-list saying pretty much the exact same thing that Geert said in his reply, and even with the same subject line. Thought it would be off topic, but I guess not.

On Thu, 7 Jan 2010, Julio Merino wrote:

The dasher README suggests that the Gnome depencies are optional
I tried ./configure --without-gnome but it still insisted on


And, please, please, if you want to make gnome dependencies optional,
create a new package, say dasher-gtk, which builds dasher without
gnome support.  Don't add a build option to dasher to disable these

I've tried to parse that paragraph a dozen times now, and I can't seem to make sense of it unless I assume that either the writer or the reader is a complete idiot. Neither seems that likely, so could you clarify?

For me personally, disabling Gnome support via PKG_OPTIONS would be nice.

(And moving the package to "inputmethod/" instead of "editors/" seems pretty obvious.)


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