RFC: Creation of a new KDE SC module [kdeplugins]

Andriy Rysin arysin at gmail.com
Sun Oct 10 20:18:20 BST 2010

On Oct 10, 2010, at 14:41, Alexander Neundorf <neundorf at kde.org> wrote:

> On Sunday 10 October 2010, George Kiagiadakis wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM, Dawit A <adawit at kde.org> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 3:40 AM, Sune Vuorela <nospam at vuorela.dk> wrote:
>>>> Currently konqueror-plugins are released in extrager, which is quite
>>>> okay.
>>> Then you completely missed the entire point of this discussion. It is
>>> "not quite okay" they are in extragear because it is a complete
>>> maintainence nightmare. Please read the discussion links I provided
>>> above. The plugins, at least as far as konqueror ones are concerned,
>>> need to be versioned the same way Konqueror does. However, the plugins
>>> themselves are "optional" (not needed to run Konqueror) and hence are
>>> located outside of Konqueror's source tree.
>>> The idea behind creating this new package/module just for plugins is
>>> to ensure that they are part of the normal branching and tagging cycle
>>> such that we do not have to worry about which version of the plugins
>>> goes with which version of the application. kdeplugins is intended to
>>> be a place to add all plugins that benefit from this.
>> And why not just put the plugins in kdebase together with konqueror
>> and just make their directory optional with
>> macro_add_optional_subdirectory() in CMakeLists.txt? I don't see why
>> they need to be separated. They can be together and still be optional.
>> Packagers will take care of having them in a separate optional
>> package. If you want them to be released together with konqueror, then
>> the best place is there. Having a kdeplugins module with random
>> plugins for various applications doesn't make much sense to me. And as
>> far as I understand, there are no other plugins to be put in this new
>> module, it's just for the konq plugins, isn't it? All other
>> applications ship plugins together with the application... see kate,
>> ktorrent, kdevelop, kopete, etc...
> Having them separate might make it easier for others to write new plugins. 
> They don't have to build all of kdebase, but only the plugins module.
We could also go the other way and allow building just a parts (submodules) of kdebase, then not just plugin developers can benefit the modularity


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