Bug#749888: gnome-terminal: FTBFS on kfreebsd & hurd archs

Steven Chamberlain steven at pyro.eu.org
Sun Jun 1 11:50:06 UTC 2014

On 15:43, Robert Millan wrote:
> I find it very strange that a terminal application needs gnome-shell. There are
> dozens of terminal applications, and so far they seem to manage without dragging
> their own desktop environment of choice with them.

FWIW I just noticed there isn't an install-time dependency declared
on gnome-shell, it's only needed at build time.

(Yes, it's really odd that a whole desktop environment is needed on a
buildd, to compile a standalone terminal emulator application).

| gdm3 [...] gnome-bluetooth gnome-common gnome-desktop3-data
| gnome-doc-utils gnome-icon-theme gnome-icon-theme-symbolic gnome-pkg-tools
| gnome-session gnome-session-bin gnome-session-common gnome-settings-daemon
| gnome-shell gnome-shell-common gnome-themes-standard
| gnome-themes-standard-data
| [...]
| 0 upgraded, 490 newly installed, 1 to remove and 24 not upgraded.
| Need to get 163 MB/163 MB of archives.
| After this operation, 578 MB of additional disk space will be used.

> Which makes me wonder: Does gnome-terminal actually work without gnome-shell? Is
> this setup properly tested and supported by upstream?

popcon.d.o shows 69295 gnome-terminal users but only 56045 with
gnome-shell, so this question wasn't only relevant to kfreebsd.

I'm assuming gnome-terminal will still run okay, or otherwise some
Linux user can follow up on this.

Thanks Pino for the patch.  (Disabling the feature on kfreebsd/hurd is
an acceptable shortcut;  splitting the build dependencies out of
gnome-shell also would have fixed it, but we won't need this feature
at run-time on kfreebsd/hurd).

Steven Chamberlain
steven at pyro.eu.org

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