Subject: Re: gimp documentation package
To: Robert Elz <>
From: Berndt Josef Wulf <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/27/2004 21:41:01
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On Monday 27 December 2004 19:38, Robert Elz wrote:
>     Date:        Mon, 27 Dec 2004 12:24:48 +1030
>     From:        Berndt Josef Wulf <>
>     Message-ID:  <>
>   | I would appreciate any feedback before committing it to the tree.
> Why does it have a dependency on gimp?

Because it documents and describes the behavior of the version of gimp=20
installed by the pkgsrc, well this was the idea.

> It looks to me as if it would be useful without gimp being
> installed (some of us like to read docs without necessarily
> even deciding to use the thing documented - and there's also
> the issue of installing docs on one system, and gimp on another).

The gimp documents are available online, ideal for those that want to read =
documentation before downloading the software, and hence this argument=20
doesn't stick. Installation of the docs and apps on different systems doesn=
make sense either, as gimp expects them to be installed in their standard=20
location. Without it, gimp will not be able to access these files and provi=
a functional help menu.

> Dependencies should only be used when a package can't work (compile,
> run, get fetched, ...) without another one to make use of, never just
> because someone believes that this package isn't going to be very useful
> if you don't have that one as well.

As the documents are already formatted and don't need further processing,=20
removing the dependency will have no adverse affect other than accommodatin=
a few users and their fantasies ;-)

I will remove the dependency and many thanks for your feedback.=20

cheerio Berndt

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