[Slackbuilds-users] OPTIONAL field [was: qemu/spice-gtk and usbredir]
atelszewski at gmail.com
Thu Nov 3 18:52:57 UTC 2016
I've spent some time building packages now and although I used an
automated tool (slackrepo to the rescue, thank you David!), I'm from the
camp that reads README, trying to leave as little as possible to the fate.
I'm using web browser to find the SlackBuild in question, read on and
decide what to do. If an optional dependency is mentioned, I search for
it, read on, and so on ;-)
Searching for optional dependency is the most frustrating point.
Sometimes there are many search results and you need to scan the list to
find the one you need.
Sometimes, the search filed leaves the keyword you entered there, so you
have to erase it, before proceeding, etc.
So what's the use for OPTIONAL field you ask?
1) PHP could parse it to give us direct link to the optional SlackBuild
2) PHP could parse it to let us know about possible circular dependency.
When it comes to automated tools, I'd say we need something more than
just the package name in the OPTIONAL field.
Probably something like that (ffmpeg for example) would be needed:
This would have to be thought through to make the best design decisions
and the SlackBuilds would have to be standardized in one way or the other.
But for the next iteration, having OPTIONAL field mentioning just the
packages names and SBo website listing them next to REQUIRES, would be
the step towards the better, faster and more secure world :-)
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