linuxgeek at thedynaplex.net
Mon Dec 8 16:35:36 GMT 2003
Something that has bothered me about KDE for sometime, is the apparent
inability to just get packages for certain parts of say, KDENETWORK,
KDEMULTIMEDIA, etc. rather than having to install the whole thing which I
really don't need.
One idea for repackaging that I think would still keep the ability to install
the entire thing if needed, would be subpackaging with a meta package. By
this I mean a separate package for each application and its default
configuration, plus a META package that includes everything along with
necessary scripts to build every sub package all at once. The META package
would simply be a package of all the sub packages and scripts to build them
all with their default settings - basically one script to call the build
scripts for each subpackage.
This would allow users to download and install just the components of each
meta package they need/want if they don't want to install everything. I have
a LOT of KDE stuff on my system which I never use, and that disk space could
be better used for other things.
Yes, I realize this would require some MAJOR repackaging of existing KDE
sources in order to make the META package/SUB package concept work, but I
also think the effort would be well spent and pay off well in the long run -
both in maintenance and user efforts.. Developers could better work on JUST
what they need to be working one without having to deal with anything outside
of that other than setting up menu items to be added to the master KDE menu
when the subpackage is installed, and putting their default settings in the
If nothing else, this sort of packaging scheme would be better for users,
which I think is the whole point - making the USER experience easier and
nicer. It takes quite a long time to build KDE on a slower machine, even
though I personally do it in a faster one now. I know what it's like to
start a build of KDE and let it run overnight and most of the next day to
I'd much prefer to be able to install just those parts of KDE I want, and the
required specific dependencies, rather than have to install everything for a
given set like KMULTIMEDIA, KNETWORK, etc. For instance, I have broadband
and will never use the dial-up networking or PPP functionality, but I still
have to install it to get things I do use like KMAIL.
Just some ramblings. Sorry for the long post.
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