[arch-dev-public] Discussion about optional dependencies

Bartłomiej Piotrowski bpiotrowski at archlinux.org
Thu Jul 21 15:18:43 UTC 2016

On 2016-07-20 20:36, keenerd via arch-dev-public wrote:
> The cleanest workaround was to make a fake kitchen sink package.  It
> has no files but depends on all the optdeps.  If I think the IDE needs
> a new depend, I add it to the kitchen sink and users get it
> automatically next update.  If you want to make a streamlined install,
> you don't install the kitchen sink and just the optdeps you need.  If
> the dangling packages are a bother for a nice clean dep tree, then it
> is easy (and doesn't require rebuilding anything) to make a custom
> fake pacakge to establish the dependency links.

This is also how Sergej solved the issue with headless virt-install and
graphical virt-manager. The virt-install package installs all files, but
depends only on non-X packages, while virt-manager pulls missing

While confusing at first, I don't think there's a better solution for now.


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