Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 971510
Can't keep Firefox when removing fedora-bookmarks
Last modified: 2013-06-06 14:01:41 EDT
Description of problem:
Removing fedora-bookmarks package will remove Firefox. I don't need fedora-bookmarks but I still need Firefox.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Launch the "Software" application.
2. Find the "fedora-bookmarks" and mark it for removal.
I get warned that Firefox will be removed as well.
fedora-bookmarks is removed and I can continue to use firefox. As far as I know Firefox doesn't need fedora-bookmarks for anything.
"fedora-bookmarks" isn't required directly -- instead, it provides "system-bookmarks", which is required by the firefox package. (Technically, of course, Firefox can live without, but we don't have a good mechanism for those kind of dependencies.)
So, if you want to have something else, make a small package which also provides system-bookmarks and install that instead.
Or if it's just a matter of cleanliness and not wanting things you don't need, I sympathize, but firefox is 32M -- while fedora-bookmarks is 3.8k.
Ah, thanks for explaining, I think I understood.
Yes, I'll let the package be, it doesn't make a difference at all. It was just that I was surprised to find that there was some kind of dependency, so I filed a bug just in case.
Well, if there is no bug here, this report can be closed. (Or you can see it as a request for "a good mechanism for those kind of dependencies". I don't care but I don't mind.)
I'll mark it closed. I think we're overall aware of the advantages and disadvantages of have a "soft" dependency mechanism. My personal approach is to really care about these things when they affect the low-level OS components but not worry so much in desktop-application land, where they're basically harmless (especially when it's a small bit of content, not even code).
Anyway, thanks for the report.