Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] rhythmbox 0.9.3 and dependency on totem

On Fri, 2006-01-20 at 02:14 -0500, Peter Colijn wrote:
On 1/20/06, Tristan Tarrant <tristan tarrant dataforte net> wrote:
>  That is because with Gentoo you are building from source. With binary
> distros you don't need to install totem to get libplparser.

If libplparser is part of totem, then yes you do. If not, then it's a
dependency issue in Gentoo (rhythmbox should depend on libplparser,
not totem). It sounded, from the original post, like libplparser was
actually part of totem (in the same tarball), so this issue will
affect any distribution.

If ubuntu or other distributions are going to the extra trouble of
splitting libplparser out of totem and into a separate package, it's
nice they're doing that for their users, but IMO it's not desirable to
have each distro go to extra work to avoid dependencies like this.

Under Ubuntu the source of the plparser library is the totem package. They haven't split it out. I don't know how Gentoo works exactly, but with rpm and dpkg you can have several binary packages built from one source package. Under Ubuntu rhythmbox depends on libtotem-plparser0 not on totem itself.

But I guess splitting the package upstream at the source level wouldn't be a bad idea.


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