Subject: Re: RFC: new variable SUGGESTS
To: Jan Schaumann <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/22/2002 03:08:22
On Sun, 21 Jul 2002, Jan Schaumann wrote:
> plenty of room for improvement.  I'll be happy about all critique.

 * You rely on "pkg_info foo" being the same as "pkg_info foo-[0-9]*".
   I'd suggest you change that to make things more obvious and similar
   to DEPENDS.
 * If a "suggestion" is accepted, it should be changed into a dependency
    - to make sure binary pkgs pull in the proper pkgs
    - to prevent deinstallation of the "suggestions" - things might break
      else! (imagine a "suggested" lib is gone... boom!)
 * You do not mention or consider changed configure/build process at all.
   Often, GNU configure needs additional switches to make use of
   additional software. How do you intend to handle that?
   Relying on smart configure scripts is not an option here.
   (We already had this discussion quite some time ago... search the

That said, I'd vote to not commit this until these issues are sorted out.

 - Hubert

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