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Bug 488446 - Feature request: KMail should warn when it's missing a library
Feature request: KMail should warn when it's missing a library
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kdepim (Show other bugs)
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Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-03-04 07:42 EST by Jan Zeleny
Modified: 2016-11-30 19:36 EST (History)
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Description Jan Zeleny 2009-03-04 07:42:41 EST
In KMail, there should be implemented some warning mechanism when requested action (or function) is disabled because of missing library.

For example: when I was trying to connect to email server using gsslib, Kmail showed: SASL(-4): no mechanism available: No worthy mechs found.

After a while I figured out cyrus-sasl-gssapi is not installed. I suggest either adding this and similar libraries to dependencies or implementing some warning mechanism, which would tell user, what exactly is wrong.
Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2009-03-04 08:55:08 EST
Not sure how to expect kmail to have intimate knowledge of the implementation details of the platform and libraries it uses to give proper advice in situations like this.

Problem being here is that gss support is optional (based on cyrus-sasl capabilities).  It turns out cyrus-sasl-gssapi is a mere 31k itself... I wonder why this was split into a separate and optional non-default package anyway.

cyrus-sasl folks, can you give some background/justification for the cyrus-sasl-gssapi split and/or some advice here?
Comment 2 Tomas Mraz 2009-03-04 09:32:20 EST
It was split because of the dependencies of the plugin to allow for minimal installs. The question is whether comps is enough to solve this. Especially when comps are getting obsolete. Also the RPM Suggest support which might help is not yet in Fedora.
Comment 3 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2009-05-04 04:27:41 EDT
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
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Comment 5 Rex Dieter 2009-11-18 08:45:41 EST
Rebasing to rawhide (FutureFeature)

Re: comment #2
comps does support conditional dependencies, ie, install 'foo' if 'bar' is installed.   which may (or may not) suffice to help here.
Comment 6 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2011-11-30 08:22:14 EST
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Comment 7 Rex Dieter 2013-01-31 13:50:07 EST
ping, any movement here, or should we just admit defeat and WONTFIX?
Comment 8 Kevin Kofler 2013-01-31 21:40:51 EST
How about we just add Requires: cyrus-sasl-gssapi to kdepim.spec?
Comment 9 Kevin Kofler 2013-01-31 21:42:39 EST
(If we disagree about the split, may as well opt out of it that way.)
Comment 10 Jan Zeleny 2013-02-01 03:58:20 EST
That sounds like a viable option. But if you are going to go ahead with this, adding other SASL modules (if they are required) should be probably also considered.
Comment 11 Petr Lautrbach 2013-02-01 06:52:02 EST
Could a kmail try sasl_global_listmech(3) resp sasl_listmech(3) first to check if a method is available?

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