Subject: Re: RFC: new variable SUGGESTS, Part II
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/02/2002 21:09:31
On Mon, 2 Sep 2002, Jan Schaumann wrote:
> > - usefulness; I can't really think of any examples where
> > SUGGESTS would provide any added functionality over
> > meta-packages.
> meta-packages are useful for packages that combine a whole bunch of
> related things, such as kde3 or gnome. However, we wouldn't want to
> create tons and tons of meta-pkgs just to suggest that the user looks at
> another package they might be interested in.
> a window manager that does not include keybindings. Thus,
> virtually every user will want to use an extra keygrabber.
> Almost all blackbox users use wm/bbkeys, but there are other
> key-grabbers that would work equally well, thus, bbkeys can
> not be a dependency. blackbox should suggest bbkeys
Well, you could force bbkeys as a dependency anyways. Probably less than
one percent of blackbox users don't use bbkeys.
> The point being that it may be helpful for a package to just say "Hey,
> this other package works really well with this one; strictly speaking,
> you don't NEED it, but you might want it." Of course, every user can
> just find out about these things on their own, but for convenience this
> might be nice.
I think this is an excellent idea for making NetBSD friendly for
> TAKE_SUGGESTS can be set to YES, NO, and ASK. YES accepts all
> suggestions, NO rejects all. ASK makes 'make' ask for every single
> suggestion. Did you not notice the 'ASK' option?
I like the ASK idea too.
This is especially useful for the patches I am about to propose: by
suggesting a blackbox-menus package for blackbox, icewm-menus for icewm,
etc. (I first discussed back in January 2001; I'll be sharing the patches
soon for packages to provide menu entries.)
Jeremy C. Reed