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no{thing} build profiles

>>>>> Bastian Blank <waldi@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>>>> On Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 06:54:07PM +0200, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:
>>>>> Ansgar Burchardt <ansgar@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

 >>> Should Debian also support “noalsa”, “noavahi”, “nocups”,
 >>> “nopulseaudio”, “nosysvinit”, “nodbus”, “nopam”, “nowayland”,

	So long as there’s sufficient interest among the developers?
	Sure, why not?

 >> Are alsa, avahi, cups, pulseaudio, sysvinit, dbus, pam and wayland
 >> all similar in scope to systemd?  If not, then this question is a
 >> strawman.

 > Yes, they all completely took over their field and have a lot of haters.

	AFAICT, that’s, for the most part, untrue.  For instance, I do
	/not/ run Avahi (why for?), Cups (I use an ad-hoc wrapper around
	foo2zjs instead), Pulseaudio (for there’s ALSA, but also NAS and
	JACK should I need them), D-Bus (although I admit I’ve had to
	implement a “no-dbus.perl” stub non-server to work around
	Bug#868453), or Wayland (huh?)  And I suppose those who run
	Systemd don’t run SysVinit just as well.

	Granted, I know of no way to use audio on Debian GNU/Linux without
	ALSA; and I know of no way to avoid running PAM, either.

	Now, unless I be mistaken, “build profiles,” as suggested in
	this subthread, are meant to allow for building packages with
	specific changes to their run-time library dependencies?
	Frankly, I don’t see much of a problem with that – assuming that
	the libraries are “well-behaving,” that is.  I can see an
	application's run-time dependency on the presence of client
	PostgreSQL, MySQL and MS SQL libraries at run-time as necessary
	evil.  Having that application pull one or more of the respective
	servers per Depends: is something I tend to consider a bug.

	(BTW, while we're at it, could someone please explain me what
	tinysshd [1] does need systemd for?  Or why installing neomutt
	has to invite gnupg along?)

[1] http://packages.debian.org/sid/tinysshd

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