[Pkg-nagios-devel] breakup of nagios-plugins into sub-packages

sean finney seanius at debian.org
Tue Oct 18 16:36:55 UTC 2005

hi jeremy,

On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 06:09:09AM -0700, Jeremy T. Bouse wrote:
> the netsaint to the nagios plugins. I might interject that even this
> breakdown could be done more as it was before wrt the dependencies
> needed. The reason for this is if I don't need to monitor certain
> services why would I want to install the plugins that will include far
> more libraries and extra packages than I need. Why would I want all the
> samba packages installed if I didn't run samba, or similarly with SNMP, etc.

yeah, like i said i think in the future we may break it down further
based on this.  however, we have to balance this with avoiding the
single-package-single-binary syndrome that drives ftpmasters crazy.
what i think will ultimately determine whether to break out another
package will be something along the following criteria:

- the number of plugins having a given dependency 
- number of dependencies for a given plugin
- the invasiveness of given dependencies (libraries vs. daemon)
- likeliness that given dependencies will already be installed (priority)
- user feedback of current breakup

though not specifically in that order, i guess.  


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