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Re: showing dependency trees

On Mon, 24 Aug 2009, Björn Persson wrote:

define "unnecessarily"?

When you're forced to install package A to be able to install package E even
though E doesn't use any of the functionality that A provides.

For example, Michael Schwendt demonstrated that ktorrent pulls in qt-mysql,
which in turn depends on mysql-libs. That's OK if Ktorrent can actually do
something that results in queries to a MySQL database. Otherwise it drags in
the MySQL client libraries unnecessarily – that is, I should be allowed to
install Ktorrent without installing the MySQL client libraries.

One likely cause is that package C, somewhere in the dependency chain between
A and E, contains too many different functions. In that case C should probably
be split into subpackages C1 and C2, where C1 depends on A but E depends on
C2. Then E would no longer depend on A.

So by 'unnecessary' you don't mean not required by the pkg's dependencies. you mean something else entirely.

okay, that's fine - take that up with the pkg maintainer(s).


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