RFC: vim default GUI

From: Adam Weinberger <adamw_at_adamw.org>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2021 05:51:24 -0600
Hello, ports users,

I’ve never liked that the default vim package has a huge number of dependencies. GTK3 is a beast of a dependency, carrying dozens of packages with it. I would like to reduce this, but I want to gain insight from you all first.

My thought is to flavorize the port and make separate packages for each of the GUI toolkits: -console (TUI-only), -gtk3, -gtk2, -x11, -motif, etc. I would like to make -console the default, meaning that the DEFAULT vim port is console-only.

This would be disruptive: the default package would no longer come with gvim!

My question is: how disruptive would this be for you? Would requiring people to install vim-gtk3 rather than vim be unduly burdensome? Would it be better to maintain the status quo? I’m really interested in your insight here.


Adam Weinberger
Received on Mon Aug 02 2021 - 11:51:24 UTC

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