RFC: vim default GUI

From: Adam Weinberger <adamw_at_adamw.org>
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:51:24 UTC
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