Magnus Eriksson <magetoo%fastmail.fm@localhost> writes: > On Fri, 8 Jan 2010, Greg Troxel wrote: > >> when one turns off something globally, then some packages stop >> depending on it. That's easy. But, it also means that say for global >> "-samba" (to pick my favorite thing to turn off) A built with -samba >> should not only depend on samba but also depend on B:-samba instead of >> B. > > Well, just seeing it from the end user point of view, if the user has > gone through the trouble of building A without samba, that user should > be able to make an informed decision on B as well... We are talking about prebuilt binaries, I thought. The point is that there has to be logic that the prebuilt binary for A w/o sambda has to depend on B w/o samba instead of B w/samba. >> Building the entire set of options seems like a huge amount of >> building. But we could perhaps define the sets to build in the >> makefile so common cases are built > > But is that (building every combination) something anyone would want > right now? (This is the second time it is mentioned, and I still > don't see why that would even be desirable.) Building with just the > default options seems good enough, as long as they are sane. Huh? I thought you were arguing that there should be binary packages prebuilt with various options, such as dasher with and without gnome. 'sane' is not a useful word. The test is "these options are what 95%+ of users would want", and as soon as you get large dependencies that some would rather do without there is no clear answer.
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