Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 388211
Package "vtk-devel" depends on "vtk-qt" and needs to be split up
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:22 EST
Description of problem:
During install of package "vtk-devel", also packages "vtk-qt" and "qt" get
pulled in. It's impossible to uninstall "vtk-qt" without uninstalling
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. "yum install vtk-devel".
2. "rpm -q vtk-qt".
3. "rpm -e vtk-qt".
Uninstall of "vtk-qt" via "rpm -e vtk-qt" is rejected, and
error: Failed dependencies:
libQVTK.so.5.0()(64bit) is needed by (installed)
is returned in the shell.
Package "vtk-qt" is removed from the system.
Package "vtk-devel" needs to be split up into "vtk-devel" and
"vtk-qt-devel" to get rid of this undesired depedency.
A *-devel package may depend on (several) other packages. Just as valid a split
off for qt is it is for java, tcl, python etc as well. And the lines blur as
there may be combinations of toolkits and language bindings that need each other
again, or one would have to start splitting in toolkits/language bindings tuples
The drawback is requiring development systems to carry some more packages even
if the developer does not use them. That's not that big an evil - we're trying
to minimize runtime footprint, not development. ;)
You are absolutely right: there should be individual subpackages for the
different toolkits. As an example, take a look at "plplot" where a clean
separation is done for the individual toolkits:
Your viewpoint is very subjective, and you cannot claim to know what "we"
want when other packages implement things in a straightforward manner.
(In reply to comment #2)
> Your viewpoint is very subjective, and you cannot claim to know what "we"
> want when other packages implement things in a straightforward manner.
Indeed this tends to be subjective as is your POV as well. And a packager's call
is to make a decision to please the majority of users.