Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 488446
Feature request: KMail should warn when it's missing a library
Last modified: 2016-11-30 19:36:34 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.
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?
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.
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Re: comment #2
comps does support conditional dependencies, ie, install 'foo' if 'bar' is installed. which may (or may not) suffice to help here.
ping, any movement here, or should we just admit defeat and WONTFIX?
How about we just add Requires: cyrus-sasl-gssapi to kdepim.spec?
(If we disagree about the split, may as well opt out of it that way.)
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.
Could a kmail try sasl_global_listmech(3) resp sasl_listmech(3) first to check if a method is available?