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On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM, Andreas K. Huettel
> Dear all,
> at the last kde meeting we've been discussing the usefulness of the use flags
> consolekit and policykit. I'm quoting from the summary:
>> scarabeus and dilfridge are in favour of dropping them, since it
>> caused a lot of trouble debugging various user reports. reavertm
>> prefers adding it to IUSE defaults. No consensus was succeeded,
>> the topic will be continued in the gentoo-desktop mailing list.
> As an example, according to
> policykit is _not_ a hard dependency of kde, but _required_ whenever you want
> to "run as" or configure something in systemsettings as root.
> The three options available are
> 1) removing the useflags, effectively "forcing them on". Easiest for us
> 2) forcing them on with use.force in the profile, and trust that not so many
> users figure out how to get around this :)
> 3) making them "on by default"
> As a special gem, after switching one of the flags it may be necessary to
> recompile larger parts of kde and / or restart kdm.
The depedencies are indeed really small, but the reason that some of
us objected is that we want to follow upstream's decisions on what is
optional and what is not. A similar issue that emerged recently is
udisks and friends, which is also optional according to upstream and
not needed for people that want KDElibs for only a few apps and not
for the full DE. We'd like to have some user feedback on this before
our final decision.