[blfs-dev] libreoffice- withought cups

akhiezer lfs65 at cruziero.com
Fri Mar 29 03:21:06 PDT 2013

> Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:55:29 +0200
> From: Thanos Baloukas <baloukasthan at sch.gr>
> To: blfs-dev at linuxfromscratch.org
> Subject: Re: [blfs-dev] libreoffice- withought cups
> On 03/29/2013 08:05 AM, Armin K. wrote:
> > On 03/29/2013 06:49 AM, Thanos Baloukas wrote:
> >> libreoffice- compiled here with no cups installed,
> >> with --disable-cups. Maybe cups could move in optional deps.
> >>
> >> Thanos
> >>
> >
> > Well, it's Office suite and one of the office tasks is "Printing" ... We
> > have many apps recommended, but have explanations how to disable them if
> > desired. I can add --disable-cups to such explanations.
> >
> I understand that, but cups is in required dependencies.
> Thanos

Without wishing to 'hijack' a thread, or resume a possible controversy, could 
the present policy on required/recommended/optional classification of 
dependencies, be clarified, please, if possible? Thanks.

I know there's been some contrary opinion in the past about what each category 
should actually mean, and under what circumstances would a package be marked as 
e.g. 'required' while some thought it should be just 'recommended strongly'; or 
a package marked as required because, although not required technically, a view 
in some quarters was taken that 'why would you _not_ want the package present'; 
and so on.

Part of the reason for asking is for doing and maintaining some reliable 
automated analyses of chains of deps in blfs: it would be good to know how much 
one can rely on strict categorisation in the source xml.




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