[Gtk-sharp-list] Potential Idea.

Dag Wieers dag@wieers.com
Tue, 2 Sep 2003 04:53:37 +0200 (CEST)

On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, fd wrote:

> > I can personally think of many uses of having just GLib# installed, as I
> > can think of multiple applications that don't use anything other than
> > GLib (from gtk+/relatives). 
> Notice that GStreamer is packaged this way too; since a monolithic
> gstreamer package would depend on just about every multimedia library
> available on the platform, the binary packages for each distribution are
> instead split up into a single package per plug-in. Thus, when a user
> requests the GStreamer MPEG video player plug-in, only the plug-in
> itself and the mpeg2 libraries are be installed. All the core plug-ins
> are, of course, developed and released as a single source package and it
> isn't a problem for anyone.

Actually that is a problem because if you install the gstreamer-player, 
people can't play multimedia files unless they explicitly install each 
individual multimedia plugin they need. Most people however wouldn't know 
that something is missing and that they have to install something extra.

To make it easier, they introduced an empty virtual package that requires 
all the multi-media plugins. But then one might wonder why you don't put 
them all in a big package in the first place. That's why I'm packaging it 
like that. That's what most people want anyway and it's not that size 
matters (if you're playing multimedia).

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