[Python-modules-team] Bug#547437: Bug#547437: too broad dependencies

Sandro Tosi morph at debian.org
Sat Sep 19 19:42:24 UTC 2009

Hi Martin,
thanks for your report.

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 20:36, W. Martin Borgert <debacle at debian.org> wrote:
> Package: python-matplotlib
> Version: 0.99.0-1
> Severity: normal
> I believe (= I'm not sure) that the dependency list of
> python-matplotlib is far too broad and that some dependencies
> can be turned into Recommends, which are installed by default
> with both apt and aptitude, or even Suggests.

Ehm, maybe you're right :)

> E.g. we use matplotlib in a web application, which is a common
> use case, so why would we need Tcl/Tk|GTK+|wxGTK|Qt3|Qt4? Is it

Sorry, this won't change. The vast majority of the users of mpl use it
interactively or with scripts displaying the output on screen.

> impossible that matplotlib works without python-excelerator? Why
> is a lot of texlive pulled in when installing matplotlib? I
> believe, that this is only necessary for mathtext.

Yeah, we can move some packages from depends to recomments/suggests.
I'll give a look a this as soon as possible.

Sandro Tosi (aka morph, morpheus, matrixhasu)
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