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Re: Bug#886238: Please introduce official nosystemd build profile


On 03.01.2018 20:01, Steve Langasek wrote:

> What a nosystemd build profile proposes to do is to avoid linking against
> *lib*systemd, which is an inert library dependency whose runtime impact
> rounds to zero when systemd is not in use.

I don't really care about a bit of dead weight except on very small
embedded systems, of which I have precisely one left.

The build profile is useful where upstream source can be configured in
different ways, e.g. because someone wrote a daemon that works on BSD
and can optionally activate "systemd mode" with additional integration
code. There is still a large free software movement outside the
Linux+systemd world, after all.

My expectation at this point is "if it has a 'nosystemd' profile, then
at least it has probably been tested to work without systemd." Keep in
mind we just had a discussion last week if it was truly a bug if a
package fails to work if systemd is not present.

For that alone, the build profile is useful.


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