I wanted to remove Octave from my hard disk and but the RPM manager told
me that plplot 5.2.0-1rh7.3 relies on octave which is not really true,
isn't it? Is it possible to mark the Octave package as "recommended"
instead of "required" in the RPM system?
From: Alan W. Irwin <airwin@us...> - 2003-11-06 00:19:15
On 2003-11-05 17:29+0100 Henning Thielemann wrote:
> I wanted to remove Octave from my hard disk and but the RPM manager told
> me that plplot 5.2.0-1rh7.3 relies on octave which is not really true,
> isn't it? Is it possible to mark the Octave package as "recommended"
> instead of "required" in the RPM system?
Generally speaking, I am the one who makes our rpm's. They have always
demanded octave since they install the octave interface for PLplot, and that
obviously would not work without octave.
However, the current approach is quite crude since it installs everything
using just one binary rpm with simultanous dependencies for all aspects of
PLplot. I would like to change someday to a multiple binary rpm approach
similar to the many different plplot binary packages built for Debian by
Rafael. With the split binary rpm approach you only need octave if you
install the rpm associated with the octave interface, and similarly for
other dependencies for specialized binary PLplot rpm's. But, I have no time
to research, design and implement that change now. So our rpm users are
stuck with a large dependency list for some time to come unless somebody is
sufficiently irritated by this problem that they decide to change _and test_
the spec file to build multiple binary rpm's.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org), the Yorick front-end to PLplot (yplot.sf.net), the
Loads of Linux Links project (loll.sf.net), and the Linux Brochure Project