[arch-general] netctl provides wifi-menu which is unusable

Doug Newgard scimmia22 at outlook.com
Wed Feb 26 23:51:07 EST 2014

> To: arch-general at archlinux.org
> From: 31337h4ck3r at gmail.com
> Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 04:44:20 +0000
> Subject: Re: [arch-general] netctl provides wifi-menu which is unusable
> Nowaker <enwukaer <at> gmail.com> writes:
>> Hey,
>> Why does netctl provide /usr/bin/wifi-menu which is unusable at all,
>> given the fact it needs /usr/bin/dialog to operate, and this is not a
>> hard dependency of the package?
>> I don't really get a point of providing a binary/script that doesn't
>> work at all. What is it in the package for?
>> If adding a dependency on dialog (big deal - 200KB) is not an option,
>> why not extract wifi-menu to a separate package? This sounds like the
>> best approach - the package could depend not only on dialog, but also on
>> wpa_supplicant, dhcpcd and other package that anyone installs anyway to
>> get wifi-menu working.
> Have you looked at netctl's optional dependencies? It lists dialog along
> with the message "for the menu based wifi assistant". The other packages
> like dhcpcd and wpa_supplicant are also optional dependencies.

He knows it's an optional dep. He filed a bug report and specifically said "No,
optdepend is not desired.". The bug report was immediately closed as an optional
dep is correct. I've really got to wonder what the rational is here, he doesn't
want to pay attention to pacman's output, maybe? 		 	   		  

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