dependency explosions

Julian Elischer julian at
Tue Oct 4 02:33:05 UTC 2016

On 3/10/2016 5:14 AM, Mathieu Arnold wrote:
> Le 01/10/2016 à 04:35, Julian Elischer a écrit :
>> There is a need for a "minimum" install of a lot of packages.
> Some dependencies are often optional, and can be unchecked by running
> make config.
but you can never really know the effect.
there should be a use minimum environment variable and as I said, the 
minimum is usually what is required for build dependencies.
And the minimum install may require less "other" packages thus 
reducing the explosion.

>> Such a 'minimum' install should probably be the default when coming in
>> as a dependency, as
>> there is an increasing tendency to configure things with all the bells
>> and whistles.
> The bare minimum will never be the default.  The default is what will
> fit most people, so that they can use our packages out of the box.

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