[Geany-Devel] Core Terminal Plugin (was Re: [Geany-Users] no Terminal tab in Geany preferences??)

Chow Loong Jin hyperair at xxxxx
Tue Mar 5 03:22:23 UTC 2013

On 05/03/2013 01:44, Dimitar Zhekov wrote:
> On Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:37:21 +1100
> Lex Trotman <elextr at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Great minds think alike. :) However, as Colomban stated, making it a
>>> core plugin means that it will be a compile-time option for the whole
>>> Geany package, which is no different from making it a compile-time-only
>>> option for Geany itself.
>> Sure but if compiled into binary packages, the plugin will still not
>> load if libvte isn't present on the end user system.  So we have the
>> same flexibility as now.  A binary distro would only not compile it in
>> if it didn't even have VTE available in its repos at all.
> You are right, as Loong Jin also pointed out. All we need to do is drop
> a note to the package maintainers not to add libvte as run-time
> dependency, just in case. Neither build nor run time dependencies need
> to be changed, which is a good thing.

It's worth noting that not adding libvte as a runtime dependency may actually be
pretty hard to implement, as at least on Debian, some of the dependencies are
inferred from the NEEDED entries (objdump -p) of ELF binaries and shared
objects. I believe rpmbuild also does something similar for RH-based distros.

I'd suggest splitting the terminal plugin into a separate, recommended
(optional, installed by default) package instead.

Kind regards,
Loong Jin

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