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[rant] Too many dependencies


I wanted to try out devel/monotone, and found something called devel/monotone-viz (which apparently is a tool to draw ancestry graphs) which I decided to try as well. I got a little suspicions when it was taking longer to build than some of the larger packages I have, so I took a closer look at what it was doing. It was building evolution.

I can't really imagine that monotone-viz requires evolution in any shape or form. It has been claimed that pkgsrc should cater to the large mass, which makes sense. But I'm fairly certain that the large mass does not want evolution as a part of monotone-viz.

In addition to seeing this with new packages; I have seen several packages which I remember to build quickly and cleanly a while back which nowadays require massive amounts of dependencies (despite their purpose/function being unchanged). I assume that in most cases these changes are not to be blamed on pkgsrc, but on the development upstream. But surely there are cases were we could trim the dependency tree a little without affecting usability? Perhaps using the options-framework?

On a related note: It's a pain to want to have _one_ package, ending up with 50+. Sometimes when I run "pkg_comp audit" I see packages which I have no idea what they do, and which I suspect I don't even really need.

I guess the growing dependency trees may simply be a natural process in open source given enough time, but it's making package management a pain.

(I eventually gave up on monotone-viz. It was taking too long to build, and all those extra packages will cause my package updates to become a nightmare).

   End rant.

   Sorry, I'm a bit cranky today.

Kind regards,
Jan Danielsson

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