Subject: Re: optional X11 dependency in packages?
To: Frederick Bruckman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jim Wise <email@example.com>
Date: 01/09/2002 19:38:42
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Yah, I agree in general. It just seems a shame here, as there is _no_
PLIST change, and the only functional change is a lack of xpm support,
which is rarely used in my impression.
On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
>On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, Jim Wise wrote:
>> On Wed, 9 Jan 2002, Lubomir Sedlacik wrote:
>> >question: is it possible to decide in package whether machine has X11
>> >and take some action then? something like:
>> >.ifdef (HAVE_X11)
>> >.include "../../mk/x11.buildlink.mk"
>> >CONFIGURE_ARGS=+ --without-x
>> >if not (i don't see anything in mk/bsd.pkg.defaults.mk), shouldn't be a
>> >mechanism like this implemented in pkgsrc? there are many packages
>> >which depend on X11 only because of legacy of other packages on which it
>> >is dependent too or can be used without X11 support with altered
>> >i would like to know your oppinions, ideas, etc. thanks,
>I suggested that some time ago (re: xhfs), but the consensus was to
>make separate packages. That's why these "no-x" packages exist. By the
>time you conditionalize the PLIST handling, it would probably have
>been easier to make a separate package anyway. Plus you leave "no-x"
>users out in the cold as far as binary packages are concerned.
>> I have correct patches for gd and webalizer to have the type of optional
>> X11 dependency you describe (for the same reason). I've been debating
>> whether it is better to have gd have an optional X11 dependency like
>> this (the only change in functionality is xpm output), or to have a
>> separate gd-nox11 package, ala ghostscript.
>> What do people think?
>Separate. Besides the old reasons, the whole bunch of "HAVE_X11=no"
>packages would probably never get the benefit of bulk-build testing,
>whereas separate packages certainly would.
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