mtools vs X11 (Re: FreeBSD Port: syslinux-3.72)

perryh at perryh at
Thu Mar 19 01:25:53 PDT 2009

Gary Jennejohn <gary.jennejohn at> wrote:
> Luigi Rizzo <rizzo at> wrote:
> > ... Cynthia Flynn wrote:
> [snip - syslinux pulls in too much X11 stuff]
> > I think the extra dependencies that you find listed for syslinux:
> > [snip]
> > come directly from mtools ...
> Yeah.  It looks like mtools uses X11 by default, which IMHO is
> incorrect.  Instead it should have an option to turn X11 _on_,
> rather than one for turning it _off_, as it currently does.

IMO it is a POLA violation for mtools to depend on X11 *at all*.

Instead of having an option, maybe the port should be split so that
mtools itself just provides the code to access FAT filesystems, and
(say) mtools-gui does the fancy display stuff.

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