Subject: Re: Why does gnumeric depend on xscreensaver-gnome?
To: Dan Winship <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/12/2001 17:34:14
On Mon, 12 Feb 2001, Dan Winship wrote:

> > What do people install gnome-core _for_? If it's to get gnome-session,
> > and run gnome, people would ask where the screensaver is. If it's only
> > to run gnome apps like gtop and gnumeric, maybe users would be better
> > served if those packages only depended on controlcenter plus whatever
> > libs they actually needed.
        I can only speak for myself :), but generally I want to install
        gnome related files purely for gnumeric, either for my own use,
        or to demonstrate NetBSD working with Excel files to others.

> I suspect that gnumeric depends on gnome-core so that
> gnome-help-browser will be installed and you can read the gnumeric
> docs. That's just a guess though. (Although I can't think of anything
> else in gnome-core gnumeric might care about.)
> You can read the docs in any web browser, but gnome-libs sets up the
> Help menu to refer to "ghelp:" URLs, which only gnome-help-browser
> knows how to handle, so if you don't have gnome-core installed, the
> Help menu would be full of dangling links. This could probably be
> fixed with a little gnome-libs hackery to make it use file: URLs
> instead, and then it would launch mozilla or netscape or whatever was
> configured.
> Some amount of this will be changing in the upcoming GNOME 1.4 though,
> because gnome-help-browser is going away and Nautilus will be the
> default help browser (I think).

	It sounds like it would make sense to defer this until then...
	Is there an approximate timeline for gnome 1.4?

		David/absolute		-- No hype required --