Subject: Re: lightweight groff package?
To: Berndt Josef Wulf <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/21/2003 12:30:29
On Fri, 22 Aug 2003, Berndt Josef Wulf wrote:

: What's wrong with a "config.options" file in the corresponding package
: directory containing optional dependencies that are by default disabled?
: All a user has to do is to toggle the desired options and Bob is your uncle,
: whilst binary packages are build only with the required dependencies!

Binary packages built without options should have all dependencies ON, not
off.  (Building without options is the configuration used to create publicly
distributable packages, such as from  These should be fully

The knobs can then be used by a package builder to turn off dependencies on
a per-site basis.

-- Todd Vierling <>