Subject: Re: Using devel/readline for bash (was: CVS commit: pkgsrc/shells/bash)
To: None <>
From: Bernd Ernesti <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/02/2005 09:21:54
On Fri, Jul 01, 2005 at 05:46:58PM -0500, Min Sik Kim wrote:
> >Why do we need to add the dependency for devel/readline to other  
> >systems
> >then Darwin?
> I think depending on another package is preferred in pkgsrc to using  
> libraries shipped with distfile, unless the pkgsrc version is too  
> old.  In fact, shells/bash already has a dependency on devel/gettext- 
> lib, even though it is shipped with its own gettext library.

Which is fine because it is also possible to use the library from the
base system.

> >With this change it is not longer possible to copy the binary on other
> >machine, which has no pkg's installed and use it there a standalone
> >version, which use shared libraries.
> In this case, I recommend building bash manually (configure; make)  
> and copying the binary.  You can still use pkgsrc to fetch the  
> distfile and apply patches.  Please let me know if you have more  
> compelling reasons not to use devel/readline.

Yes, it just adds another external library to a program.

The needed libraries for a shell should be keept to a minimum.

Please make that an option to choose to use the bash internal library
and not to force to use other packages.