dependency explosions

Julian Elischer julian at
Wed Oct 5 03:18:27 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.
>> 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.
I didn't say it should be the default, I said it should be an easy to 
request option,
(without using the config screen on each of 25000 ports)
e.g. setting PORTS_CONFIG_MINIMUM before making everything.
Most ports and packages are installed not because people want them,
but because they are forced to do so by dependencies.
Giving a way to reduce the number of unrequested packages, in a simple 
way would be of great use to many many people

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