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Re: lib/40346: libexpat should be in base.tgz

The following reply was made to PR lib/40346; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Matthias Drochner <>
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
Subject: Re: lib/40346: libexpat should be in base.tgz 
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:46:19 +0100 said:
 > If libexpat is used by more software than X11 ones, it should be in
 > base and not xbase. It doesn't look very x11-specific anyway. 
 In former times, with X11R6 from xsrc, we had a lot of problems
 with pkgsrc applications mixing libraries from /usr/X11R6 and
 /usr/pkg (most notably freetype and fontconfig, maybe Mesa).
 pkgsrc develops rather rapidly, and some software wants features
 only present in the pkgsrc version.
 While this doesn't affect expat directly (which seems quite
 stable) we should avoid that situation and hide libraries which
 are only used by /usr/X11R7 programs but not NEEDED by exported
 X11 libraries is some way so that they are not declared "builtin"
 and picked up by pkgsrc.
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