Re: RFC: vim default GUI

From: Pete Wright via ports <>
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 2021 17:58:02 UTC

On 8/2/21 5:08 AM, Pietro Cerutti wrote:
> On Aug 02 2021, 11:51 UTC, Adam Weinberger <> wrote:
>> 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.
> I'd love a console-only vim by default!

would the idea be to deprecate the "vim-console" port?  i'm quite happy 
with vim-console myself (and use vim-tiny on servers when needed) but 
i'd be interested to hear about how many people actually use the X11 
enabled vim features.


Pete Wright