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Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/devel/glib2

Roy Marples <> writes:

> On 19/04/2011 16:25, Alistair Crooks wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 06:14:03AM +0000, Roy Marples wrote:
>>> Module Name:        pkgsrc
>>> Committed By:       roy
>>> Date:               Tue Apr 19 06:14:02 UTC 2011
>>> Modified Files:
>>>     pkgsrc/devel/glib2: Makefile
>>> Log Message:
>>> gtester-report requires python.
>> Well...
>> I've seen the other discussion about "developer laziness", but I don't
>> buy into it that much.  This now means that every glib2 installation
>> requires that we have python installed, for one glib2 function called
>> "gtester-report". glib2 is a common pre-req, and maybe even for smaller,
>> embedded class machines, and I'm not sure a python interpreter is
>> wanted, needed, desirable or useful on such a machine.
>> Where do we draw the line? What pre-reqs should we require for a
>> package just because we can?
> This is a very good question.
> On the one hand we have Thomas saying "just add the dependency"
> instead of removing an already installed and broken feature and on the
> other hand we have you saying otherwise.
> I think I side with Thomas on the whole as it's more "correct".
> If someone dislikes the dependency enough, they can split it off into
> another package or depend on it via an option.

My $0.02:

  It seems ridiculous for glib2 to depend on python.  But maybe that's
  the way the world is and everyone (authors of glib2-using programs)
  nos expects this.

  It's probably easy to make this an option, and it probably ought to be
  off by default.

  It's not clear where the burden should be; it might be best to just
  not have python and lose the feature, and if someone wants it they can
  make a split package.  My point is that always assigning the work to
  the non-bloat camp does not seem reasonable.

In this case, upstream says:

  Optional Runtime Dependency for the gtester-report program


so I think this is pretty strong guidance that it's ok to install glib2
without python - and therefore we should do that.

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