[arch-general] depends vs. optdepends

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Tue Dec 30 00:50:22 UTC 2014

Arch currently uses optional dependencies even when it means that
executables provided by the package aren't going to work with the
minimal set of dependencies. The packages could be split up more to
avoid this without pulling in more stuff, but it's not what packagers
usually choose to it. It's a design choice left up to the packager, not
a bug.

The namcap tool reports missing libraries when packages are built with
devtools so you're not going to be finding stuff that hasn't already
been reported automatically.

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