Bug#749854: Allow bootstrapping without texlive and gtk-doc-tools

Peter Pentchev roam at ringlet.net
Sat May 31 14:28:56 UTC 2014

On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 03:43:46PM +0200, Andreas Metzler wrote:
> On 2014-05-30 Peter Pentchev <roam at ringlet.net> wrote:
> [...]
> > The first patch moves the PDF, HTML and info documentation into a brand
> > new package, libtasn1-6-doc.  The goal here is to be able to disable the
> > build at package granularity level: no matter what profile we're
> > building in, if we build a binary package it should have the same
> > contents as if it were built in any other profile (including the default
> > one).  So to disable the PDF documentation build, we move the PDF
> > documentation to a package that may be omitted entirely.
> [...]
> Hello Peter,
> is this a suggestion, a requirement or a hard target? i.e. would it
> also be acceptable to simply support building without documentation,
> generating a slightly stripped down version of libtasn1-6-dev?

I believe that it is something of a requirement, as Johannes Schauer put
it to me in no uncertain terms when discussing the scope of my GSoC
project :)  It is also documented (along with the rationale) at
Well, in this case it would be really... interesting... to find another
package that depends on the presence of a PDF file in the libtasn1
development package, but I believe that you'd understand the general

> I would prefer to not introduce an additional binary package for the
> documentation but if it is necessary for better bootstrapping I sure
> would consider it.

Yes, I quite understand that - an additional package does mean more
maintenance, more work for the buildds (ok, well, not in the current
setup, since this is an arch:all package), more space on the mirrors,
more work on the end machines for installing/upgrading...  But in this
case, the requirement does seem to be a reasonable one.

Of course, in the end it's your call as the package maintainer, none of
this is quite set in stone yet, there is much more work to do on the
bootstrapping front, and quite possibly there will turn out to be cases
when other approaches will need to be chosen.  However, for the present
it seems that Wookey and Johannes Schauer would need some convincing to
make an exception :)


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