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Re: Python extraneous dependencies

On Sat, 2019-02-23 at 16:29 -0800, Steven Penny wrote:
> I noticed that "python36" requires "binutils".

This is needed for ctypes.util.find_library().  FWIW, on Linux, not
only binutils is used, but also gcc.

> Further, I noticed this dependency chain:
>     python36 > libuuid-devel > pkg-config > libglib2.0_0

Until 3.7, the uuid stdlib module loads libuuid via ctypes, hence the
dependency.  In 3.7, there is a compiled binding, and so the -devel
dependency was dropped.  Also, pkgconf will soon be providing and
replacing pkg-config, which will cause the glib2.0 dependency to be


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