Subject: Re: Bug#92235: abiword: Please add freetype2-dev, libwmf-dev, imagemagick to Build-Depends
From: F J Franklin (F.J.Franklin@sheffield.ac.uk)
Date: Mon Apr 02 2001 - 02:54:41 CDT
On Sun, 1 Apr 2001, Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 02, 2001 at 01:24:03AM -0400, Adam C Powell IV wrote:
> > Hmm. I'm not sure I understand your reluctance. Are you concerned that the
> > binary or RAM use will grow too large? Most of the criticism I hear about
> > bloat is in terms of software complexity and the resulting stability and
> > security issues, but here the source already has that added complexity, why
> > not enable it in the binary?
> No, my concern is that we have a valid reason for making people
> install the libraries you mention. You're assuming that requiring them
> will add significant features. I don't share your assumption, but plan
> to ask other upstream developers tonight what exactly AbiWord would be
> able to do with Magick and libwmf. My intutiion tells me that AbiWord
> can't take advantage of them maturely yet. Who knows; I might be
I'm fairly certain that abiword (at the moment) makes no attempt to
convert metafiles, and as such there's no reason (at the moment) to depend
on libwmf and libttf (which is freetype1, by the way).
wv checks for Magick, but I think support both for X's Magick and for
ImageMagick is broken - wv has its own implementation which works.
So, if wv is being included as part of the abiword package (rather than
being installed separately) then (at the moment) there is no reason to add
the above to Build-Depends...
Francis James Franklin
Their consultation consisted chiefly in propounding and supporting, for
the thousandth time, each his favourite theories.
--- George MacDonald
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