[Slackbuilds-users] Why don't you add OPTIONAL= field in .info?

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo willysr at gmail.com
Sun Nov 18 18:01:52 UTC 2012

> If .info has REQUIRED, then it is natural to have OPTIONAL=, too.
> Why include only REQUIRED in .info?

As the name says, optional is not needed to compile the application. It
just being used to mention extra packages that can be used by the
application to add more features, but optional can be  so many of them and
we will have the same problems as with other Linux distributions if we want
to support it.

Suppose you want to install A, but then you see it has optional=" B C D E
... Z"
Do you want to install them all?

We could leave that to user to find out as they already have the basic
application buildable

IMHO, adding optional also makes it for the admins to test the packages,
because they would have to try every possibility and making sure it doesn't
break the main apps...

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo
Personal Blog : http://willysr.blogspot.com
Linux Blog: http://slackblogs.blogspot.com
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