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Re: extracting

On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 10:38:27PM +0300, Aleksej Saushev wrote:
 > > It would be nice if the order were changed so that it was
 > >
 > > fetch extract patch depends [rest]
 > >
 > > rather than depends being so early.
 > > I often want to unpack (and usually patch) to look at something, and
 > > this tends to lead to dependencies.
 > I oppose this. The most frequent use is not unpacking to look at something,
 > it is to build and install rather. In that case, even fetching sources
 > let alone extracting them when some dependency doesn't even build is a
 > waste of a time and disk space. E.g. the latter sequence will cause
 > users to spend multiple gigabytes of space in case one wants to build
 > some top package a la LibreOffice or Firefox. Developers, on the other hand,
 > can learn using SKIP_DEPENDS very easily.

Having packages not build is not *supposed* to be the common case :-)

David A. Holland

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