[Slackbuilds-users] PyQt5 requirements

Matteo Bernardini matteo.bernardini at gmail.com
Tue Feb 7 08:23:29 UTC 2017

2017-02-07 9:18 GMT+01:00 Christoph Willing <chris.willing at iinet.net.au>:
> On 07/02/17 13:40, Daniel Prosser wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I asked the maintainer of PyQt5 this question a couple weeks ago but
>> didn't get a response, so I thought I would ask the group. PyQt5 lists
>> qt5-webkit as a required dependency, but it builds and runs (at least
>> for my use case) fine without it. Is there a reason why it is listed as
>> a requirement? I was under the impression that requirements should be
>> needed either to build or run the software.
> I think that statement should be something more like:
>     "requirements should be needed to build or run the software
> so that it has some level of usefulness"
> SBo SlackBuilds and packages generally (as far as I know) don't aim to
> be minimalist. They don't aim to  provide the barest possible pieces of
> software with as few requirements as possible. The resulting software
> needs to provide some amount utility, not just exist as an example of
> how few requirements it needs.
> The level of usefulness is decided by the maintainer. In this case it
> appears the maintainer believes qt5-webkit is needed to make the built
> software useful - to them anyway.
>> In the case of qt5-webkit,
>> it also takes a long time to compile, so for most people it would be
>> preferred not to install it if not needed.
> The fact that something is not useful (and time consuming, in this case)
> to you doesn't necessarily mean that "most people" feel the same way (or
> differently for that matter). If you don't need it, just leave it out.

Hi Daniel,

last time I tried if you didn't build PyQt5 against qt5-webkit
calibre, that depends on PyQt5, didn't build at all.


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