[Slackbuilds-users] qemu/spice-gtk and usbredir

Andrzej Telszewski atelszewski at gmail.com
Sun Oct 23 10:36:08 UTC 2016

On 23/10/16 01:56, Christoph Willing wrote:
> Who is going to decide REQUIRED vs OPTIONAL for the many (I suspect) non
> obvious cases? Presumably the maintainer. If a maintainer's balance of
> REQUIRED/OPTIONAL deps doesn't suit someone else's particular
> needs/wants, then the builder will have to change their personal .info
> files anyway (or complain to the maintainer).

I think the problem of REQUIRED vs OPTIONAL has been solved long time ago.
It's the maintainer that decides what is placed in REQUIRED and most 
probably 99% of us just installs what is there.
And most probably 99% of the time what is placed in the REQUIRED is what 
is ABSOLUTELY necessary to compile the software or to run it (run time 

Everything else, i.e. things that could be added later on or are 
detected during compilation, are OPTIONAL.

I'm the supporter of the OPTIONAL field and I actually proposed it 
sometime ago, but it was rejected too.

I think there is too big resistance here for this addition, because 
naturally it would involve work.

And as with everything in the world, there are people for whom OPTIONAL 
would be a nice addition and those for whom it's just pointless work.

Best regards,
Andrzej Telszewski

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