[pacman-dev] support of optional dependencies
roman.kyrylych at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 05:09:02 EDT 2007
2007/9/25, Travis Willard <travis at archlinux.org>:
> On Mon, 24 Sep 2007 11:30:36 -0500
> "Aaron Griffin" <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 9/24/07, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> > > Am Samstag, 22. September 2007 11:39:56 schrieb Nagy Gabor:
> > > > I like the idea, but many users like the current no-interactive
> > > > pacman (libalpm) behaviour; and asking user whether he wants to
> > > > install optdepends (or select some of them to install) can lead
> > > > huge number of questions. So I like the current method; but that
> > > > would be nice, if we could easily list optdepends, indeed. A new
> > > > list_optdepends function in install script may help, which can be
> > > > called after package install on request, too. Bye, ngaba
> > >
> > > Listing them would be enough. Should be quite easy to implement,
> > > won't it?
> > I'm going to tackle this when I can. For *NOW* we're just going to
> > list them in the -Qi output and do nothing with it.
> > Dan had the following suggestion:
> > optdepends=('cvs:required for git-cvsimport' 'foo')
> > This way we can get rid of the "reasons" echoed in the install files
> > and clean those up as well.
> > Once we have optional depends in place, we can start doing fancy
> > things with it, but for now, this shouldn't be much extra code.
> > What do you guys think of the "dep:reason" syntax?
> +1 - simple, straightforward, and since package names can't have colons
> (right? That's not permitted?) it leaves no room for ambiguity.
+1! Nice syntax IMO. And it will force to use short descriptions for
Roman Kyrylych (Роман Кирилич)
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