[blfs-dev] Dependencies in X chapter

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 08:03:35 PST 2013

Fernando de Oliveira wrote:
> Em 27-12-2013 09:26, Pierre Labastie escreveu:
>> Hi,
>> As you may have seen, I have added xorg-env as a dependency of xbitmaps. But
>> since xbitmaps is required by Xorg applications, which also requires mesalib,
>> which requires xcb-proto and the like, it may be not necessary. However,
>> theoretically, a user following the dependencies for X server backward may end
>> up building xbitmaps as the first package in the X chapter (I agree that the
>> probability is small).
> I would keep it as you modified (actually, I missed that, when studying
> the problem).
>> Furthermore xscreensaver requires only Xorg
>> applications (well, that is king of weird to me, but Armin has arguments about
>> the server running remotely). In this case, the probability is slightly higher.
> This should be fixed to include the whole xorg as required runtime
> dependency.
>> There is also something which bothers me: when a dependency refers to X Window
>> system, where should the user begin? The id "x-window-system" refers to the
>> beginning of the chapter, but nowhere it is said what should be built to get a
>> working X installation (actually, the xcb-util-xxx packages are not needed for
>> a basic installation, and neither are xclock, twm, xterm nor xinit, although
>> the last four are useful to do the first tests of Xorg).
> I had the same problem, when fixing fop, earlier today, and did what
> thought was best. But a better definition of a working xorg for runtime
> dependencies would be good, perhaps it is just xorg-drivers or xinit?

I think we may be getting too carried away with this.  For the vast 
majority of users, they will build Xorg in sequence from Introduction to 
Testing.  Handling other situations seems to be overkill.  Sure, twm may 
not be needed, but it really doesn't hurt.  When the package needs Xorg, 
just saying Xorg should be enough.  Which piece(s) is/are not that 

>> BTW, shouldn't twm be added to the deps of xinit, at the same level as xterm
>> and xclock? Right now xterm and xclock are "required (runtime only)", and twm
>> is not mentioned. Strictly speaking, none of the three are required, even at
>> runtime: you could build another terminal (say rxvt), forget about xclock,
>> build another WM, and start them in ~/.xinitrc. Of course, If you keep the
>> defaults, xclock, xterm and twm are started by xinit? So I suggest to put them
>> as "recommended (used by default at runtime)".
> Perhaps.

I don't think so.  The book has had the same general layout since about 
2004 and this is really the first time it's come up.  Advanced users 
should know enough to be able to make changes on their own.  If not, 
they should just follow the book.

   -- Bruce

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