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Re: pkg/44954: modular-xorg metapackage

The following reply was made to PR pkg/44954; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Holland <>
Subject: Re: pkg/44954: modular-xorg metapackage
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 17:42:16 +0000

 On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 12:00:07PM +0000, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
  >  I still don't see the point. As a user, you normally don't need to
  >  install modular-xorg-libs as the dependencies are pulled in as needed.
  >  You also normally don't need more than three drivers (mouse, keyboard
  >  and whatever your graphic card is), so modular-xorg-drivers is going to
  >  install a lot of junk too. Even for the apps, the set people typically
  >  actually use nowadays is quite small.
 Yes, but on the other hand, for people who aren't intimately familiar
 with X (that is, 99.99% of even our user base) it's much easier to
 install everything first and then (immediately or after waiting a
 while to see what gets used) pkg_delete the useless stuff.
 I think having one big meta-package for everything is no more wrong in
 this sense than having the meta-packages we currently have.
 What *would* be useful for the less expert user is something like a
 modular-xorg-recommended metapackage that installs a subset, excluding
 particularly useless things like xman, xcalc, and ico.
 That will entail some argument about what goes in and what doesn't,
 but I think it's probably useful in the long run to hash it out.
 (although it should be done on a list and not in gnats)
 David A. Holland

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