Packaging xfwm/ce4; WAS Re: How to create a package

Matthew Weier OPhinney matthew-lists at
Tue Jun 3 13:38:19 CEST 2003

-- Martti Kuparinen <martti.kuparinen at> wrote
(on Tuesday, 03 June 2003, 09:17 AM +0300):
> On Monday 02 June 2003 17:11, Matthew Weier OPhinney wrote:
> > > I don't think a few extra binaries on the system will hurt
> > > anybody - besides
> > Right. I *DON'T* want that. That's why I use debian, and why I've used
> ...
> > The beauty of the debian system is that you can easily link packages to
> > those on which they depend. Thus, packages like 'xfce4' and 'xfwm4'
> > could both *depend* on 'xfce4-common'; 'xfce4' might also _recommend_
> Would this be okay?
> * We have one top-level configure script which supports --enable-FEATURE and
>   --disable-FEATURE arguments.
> * You could even disable the common stuff (libxfce4util etc). This means you
>   must have the required libs already installed. In this case you really must
>   know what you are doing...
> * The default is to enable all features.
> Now, lazy people like me would just run "./configure && make" to get the 
> complete system. At the same time people who like to have a trimmed
> installation can disable some features. And finally package creators can
> create "xfce4-common", "xfce4", "xfwm4" etc. by calling the configure script
> with carefully crafted --disable-* arguments and e.g. making "xfce4" depend
> on "xfce4-common".
> Comments?

That works for me, so long as this is the stated mission for package

Matthew Weier O'Phinney
matthew at

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