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re: Moving expat and a few other libraries to the base system

   On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 04:30:40AM +1000, matthew green wrote:
   >    > Joerg also mentioned that two more libraries could move too:
   >    >  freetype
   >    >  fontconfig
   >    These are much, much larger and are really X11 (or at least GUI-)
   >    specific.  I don't think it's a good idea.
   > fonts are also useful for printing, which isn't GUI specific.
   Not with any printing software we actually have in the base system.
   Or is the intent to use these to output vgrind fonts?
   As I said, I don't object to expat, for the time being, though 200K
   is a *lot* for an embedded system -- and removing standard libraries
   shipped with the system can often break stuff in unexpected ways, so
   I and I suspect many others building embedded NetBSD tend to ship,
   at least, all the libraries NetBSD ships.
   But libraries for handling vector fonts, and very large libraries, at
   that?  Please, no.

my point was simply to point out that these packages are not tied
to X11 or to guis.  

this discussion was started because pkgsrc handles the case of a
system without X11 installed but needing these libraries was poor.

clearly, someone uses netbsd with fonts without X11 to have actually
discovered this is a problem.

i'm on the fence whether they should be in base.


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