-all driver packages
- Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:26:01 +0100
- From: "Rebecca N. Palmer" <rebecca_palmer@xxxxxxxx>
- Subject: -all driver packages
Anthony DeRobertis wrote:
The only thing
I've seen is
Recommends: cpu-microcode-all | cpu-microcode
and having a cpu-microcode-all package that Depends on both, and having
the two real package Provides cpu-microcode. If I remember correctly,
Xorg did this at one point for video drivers (maybe still does).
It does (xserver-xorg-video-all, xserver-xorg-input-all); there's also
va-driver-all, vdpau-driver-all (two video-acceleration interfaces) and
printer-driver-all. We are considering introducing opencl-icd-all.
However, those involve Depends relationships (where an -all package is
needed to allow the option of only installing one) and/or multiple
depending/recommending packages and a changing set of providers (making
it desirable to be able to make such changes in one central place).
Hence, I agree that it wouldn't be worth it for *-microcode.
There's also the AppStream modalias mechanism, which can actually pick
the right one for the current hardware, but the tools that process it
aren't always installed: