office apps

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Tue Jun 8 15:39:33 UTC 2010

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On 08/06/2010 15:43:42, parv at wrote:
> Am I the only one who has (force) installed open office from package
> without java dependency and has yet to see a problem with MS Word &
> simple Excel files?
> It took about 15 "seconds" of manual count to see an empty window
> after typing " -nologo".  Hardware is ...
>   Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     T7100  @ 1.80GHz (1795.52-MHz 686-class CPU)
>   ...
>   avail memory = 3119153152 (2974 MB)
>   ...
>   ad4: 305245MB <Hitachi HTS545032B9A300 PB3OC60G> at ata2-master UDMA100 SATA 1.5Gb/s
>   (5400 rpm)

I wonder about that.  I'm sure there are quite a few pkgs where some of
the registered dependencies are really optional, and the same pkg would
work either with or without them.  I know that databases/phpMyAdmin,
which I maintain is like that.

I did spend some time reading up on 'pkg_add -M' and 'pkg_add -S' -- in
theory it should be possible to use pkg_add -M to extract the pkg
contents, feed that into the stdin of a script, which pops up a dialogue
allowing you to make those choices, edits the pkg on the way past and
then feeds it to 'pkg_add -S' for final installation.  Can't see how to
force something like that to happen from a normal invocation of
pkg_add(1) though.

Would be a nice addition -- you could also emulate NOPORTDOCS and
NOPORTEXAMPLES, except entirely with pkgs that way.



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