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Re: Package request inxi

From: Pierre Neidhardt
Subject: Re: Package request inxi
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:09:51 +0530
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I was using "optional dependencies" in the sense Arch Linux uses it:
they don't impact the build, they are only used at runtime.

From a package declaration perspective, they are merely hint for the

The main advantage over simply adding them to the description is that
the package manager can tell about "optional reverse dependencies".
When removing a package that is optionally needed by others, it
makes it possible to warn the users if they are going to lose some
functionnality for some specified packages.

None of `inputs`, `native-inputs` or `propagated-inputs` allow us to do

Pierre Neidhardt

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