[Slackbuilds-users] OPTIONAL field [was: qemu/spice-gtk and usbredir]

Andrzej Telszewski atelszewski at gmail.com
Sat Nov 5 22:15:04 UTC 2016

On 05/11/16 23:06, Daniel Prosser wrote:
> Say, for example, that someone was installing ffmpeg, which was brought
> up as an example earlier. It needs the optional dependencies to be
> explicitly enabled when running the script. Let's say average user Joe
> is using an automated tool that says "Hey, these are optional
> dependencies. Which ones do you want to install?" He could go ahead and
> choose a bunch of them, but they wouldn't be enabled when ffmpeg was
> subsequently built. Confusion would ensue. Even if the installer said to
> look at the README first, he'd have to go and figure out what each
> optional dependency does, how to enable it, and manually run the ffmpeg
> SlackBuild script anyway. So what was the point of the automation? In my
> opinion, it would add a lot of work and confusion with little benefit.

You got the point.

OPTIONAL field is going to be useless or confusing at best, if the 
maintainers won't be willing to change their SlackBuilds.

Best regards,
Andrzej Telszewski

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