Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg%britannica.bec.de@localhost> writes: > On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 10:04:17AM +1000, Sarton O'Brien wrote: >> On 22/07/2009 9:57 AM, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote: >>> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 07:48:56PM +0900, OBATA Akio wrote: >>>> I wonder if we should introduce suggested option set. >>>> Say, each packages define PKG_SUGGESTED_OPTIONS.lite, >>>> PKG_SUGGESTE_OPTIONS.gnome and so on >>>> and user define PKG_SUGGESTED_OPTIONS_SET=lite. >>> >>> More pain for maintainance for little gain. Lovely. >> >> You're the ideas man though, any alternate suggestions? Being a 'user' >> in the purest sense, I have no idea what tips the scales towards pain >> nor gain. > > Part of the problem starts from your mail. The package options generally > fall into two categories. > > Some are more or less widely supported and generic ("x11"). That's a > pretty short list. Making e.g. the librsvg package optionally depend on > libgsf as option "gnome" is reasonable. The important part here is: > keep the number of wide scale options small or they are not going to help > much. > > The other class are fine-grained options that are relatively package > specific. This are things like what database adapter to use in the case > of Django or what codecs to support for transcode/mplayer. The core > problem here is that selecting a small subset is very likely to make the > package unusable by default. If you care, check the options and select > what you need. > > Also keep in mind that every option needs at least some basic testing > for every update or it is just going to bitrot. The result are angry > complains why something is not working correctly. Well said. What I was trying to get at is for packages with "too many" dependencies, identify options that dramatically reduce the dependency footprint without making the package significantly less useful in the normal case. Move those out of PKG_SUGGESTED_OPTIONS. For graphviz: These options are enabled by default: gd gtk lua pangocairo perl rsvg swig tcl x11 These options are currently enabled: gd gtk lua pangocairo perl rsvg swig x11 [I have -tcl in PKG_DEFAULT_OPTIONS.] I'd drop lua, perl, swig from that. I have yet to meet anyone who uses them. I'd drop rsvg as long as that lib pulls in libgsf. I don't know about pangocairo. Objections? Jens - what do you think?
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