[Slackbuilds-users] VLC dependencies

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo willysr at slackbuilds.org
Fri Sep 11 11:57:23 UTC 2015

> As far as I understand, SBo's policy is to only list strict dependencies
> in the REQUIRES="" field. Those dependencies that are not strictly
> necessary are eventually listed in the text, but not as strict
> requirements.
> The VLC SlackBuild seems to be an exception to this policy. It lists an
> impressive list of dependencies, but only a fraction of these are
> actually strict dependencies.
> Suggestion: only list strict dependencies in the REQUIRES="" field, and
> list all the extra dependencies in a separate text in the README? This
> would spare the hassle of building jack-audio-connection-kit, avahi,
> freerdp, etc. just to have a basic VLC.

Mandatory requirement is a must in REQUIRES, but if the maintainer
thinks that a certain dependencies are needed in REQUIRES as well, it
*may* be listed too (please give a good argument on the comment section
during submission)

ffmpeg in the past also includes lame, which was an optional dep.

Of course, we don't want to have a bloated package, so it must be used
with extra care. It's decided case-by-case.

Willy Sudiarto Raharjo

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