Bug 693545 - RFE: Separate libgnome-desktop-3 package
Summary: RFE: Separate libgnome-desktop-3 package
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-desktop3
Version: rawhide
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Richard Hughes
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: depchain F15Target-xfce
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2011-04-04 22:26 UTC by Christoph Wickert
Modified: 2018-07-23 20:17 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Clone Of:
: 693547 (view as bug list)
Last Closed: 2012-08-07 18:10:13 UTC
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Description Christoph Wickert 2011-04-04 22:26:13 UTC
Description of problem:
gnome-desktop3 has quite a lot of big dependencies such as desktop-backgrounds-gnome. This adds a lot of overhead for packages that just require libgnome-desktop-3. A split could also make the large data part of the package noarch. No changes to comps are required because gnome-desktop3 would require both gnome-desktop3-libs and -data.

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Comment 1 Christoph Wickert 2011-04-04 22:30:09 UTC
Removing automatically created blocker on bug 693547. The problem however is the same.

Comment 2 Richard Hughes 2011-04-05 08:19:04 UTC
From a 40,000ft point of view, I don't think it's unreasonable for gnome-desktop3 to pull in other core GNOME deps. I'm assuming an app that depends on gnome-desktop3 wants to be put in xfce but I'm not sure that's a good idea.

Comment 3 Christoph Wickert 2011-04-05 09:35:08 UTC
> (In reply to comment #2)
> From a 40,000ft point of view, I don't think it's unreasonable for
> gnome-desktop3 to pull in other core GNOME deps.

Not for gnome-desktop(3) but for the things that depend on it because they require libgnome-desktop. There is no reason why e.g. icewm-gnome (support for GNOME menus in IceWM), cheese or nautilus etc. need to require *everything* that is in the gnome-desktop(3) package *plus* it's deps. If I just install cheese in a desktop but GNOME, I will never never see gnome-about or the gnome-desktop wallpapers.

gnome-desktop and gnome-desktop3 both have a lot of noarch data. Even worse are the depende
> I'm assuming an app that
> depends on gnome-desktop3 wants to be put in xfce but I'm not sure that's a
> good idea.

Sorry, I think I did not explain the problem well enough: Nothing in Xfce
depends on gnome-desktop(3) or libgnome-desktop-{2,3}. But stuff in the Xfce Spin does. PackageKit is Fedora's default package manager and gnome-packagekit now depends on control-center (which depends on libgnome-desktop). gnome-bluetooth is pulled in through bluez because it provides dbus-bluez-pin-helper (and depends on libgnome-desktop, too).

gnome-desktop(3) and it's dependencies add ~ 40 MB to the Xfce and LXDE spin while the libraries that are actually needed are just a few KB. And it's not only the spins that save a lot of overhead, but also many GNOME apps. Last but not least our overall distro saves a lot of space because the gnome-desktop(3)-data package could be noarch. libgnome-desktop and gnome-about are the only arch dependent parts of gnome-desktop, the rest is noarch.

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Comment 5 Christoph Wickert 2012-10-06 22:54:39 UTC
Reopening, this time against rawhide so it doesn't get closed again.

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