[aur-general] When to use optdepends (was: AUR package q -- newbie)

hashworks mail at hashworks.net
Tue May 12 14:08:33 UTC 2020

On Tue, 12 May 2020 15:55:58 +0200
Markus Schaaf <mschaaf at elaboris.de> wrote:

> > It's not really clear to me when to optdepend.  
> Comments welcome. My idea is to use optdepends for things the user may
> want, but it's not obvious how to make them work, like a glue-library
> the application needs to use another facility, e.g. gpgme to use gpg,
> or ghostscript to produce PDF.

I always ask myself: Is the dep not required for the core functionality
of the package, as in: Are there users that could use this package
without it? If so, add it as optdepends and specify the
functionality/feature the user might need it for.

It should be the place to go when some feature doesn't work and might
need another package. 


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