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From: Zac Medico <zmedico@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Packages pulling in python-3*, also they dont require it
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:09:41
Message-Id: 4BA33F40.5040408@gentoo.org
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Packages pulling in python-3*, also they dont require it by Dale
On 03/19/2010 01:52 AM, Dale wrote:
> I think what most people want is for portage not to pull in a package > that nothing uses. I'm not a dev nor a programmer but I have yet to see > any good reason for installing something that is not being used. It's > not being tested to see if it is stable. It would have to be used > before that would happen. Basically, it is just one more package to > update and taking up hard drive space. It's not doing anything else.
It won't be pulled in unless something else is pulled in that "can use python3".
> As for slots, if something needs it, portage would pull in the new > slot. That's what portage does. It just seems in this case it is > pulling in a new slot that nothing uses.
The problem is, most people will have have something pulled in via dependencies that "can use python3", even though python-2.x will suffice. For cases like this, some users may want to use package.mask in order to prevent python3 from being installed. -- Thanks, Zac