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Re: distinguishing between applications and libraries

From: Ricardo Wurmus
Subject: Re: distinguishing between applications and libraries
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 2019 08:55:05 +0200
User-agent: mu4e 1.2.0; emacs 26.2

Hi Jakob,

> But since we're having this conversation now, I'd like to ask: does it
> make sense to use 'define-public' for dependencies like that? I'd be
> adding a lot of 'go-github-com-...' packages like those in
> 'gnu/packages/syncthing.scm'.

I’d use define-public for all packages unless there are good reasons not
to.  A good reason would be that the package *cannot* be used for
anything else (e.g. when it’s a custom variant of a library that would
otherwise be bundled but we decided to build it separately).

We hid “gcc” because users would install it instead of “gcc-toolchain”
and be surprised that it didn’t work.

I would not hide a package just because it is a less popular dependency
of some more popular tool.


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