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From: Thomas Sachau <tommy@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Amount of useflags enabled by default
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 16:14:56
Message-Id: 4AE327F1.3050704@gentoo.org
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Amount of useflags enabled by default by Sebastian Pipping
Sebastian Pipping schrieb:
> Thomas Sachau wrote: >> In addition, i see a trend to enabled more more more USE flags (either over profiles or via IUSE >> +flag). > > I'm not sure for how much of the IUSE="+foo" cases this applies but I > can explain one of them: > > In xfce-base/xfce4-session-4.6.1-r1 there is +fortune in IUSE > because otherwise previous users of 4.6.1 would be missing the feature > enabled by it. > > If you worry that +foo is becoming a trend _without_ strong reason you > could try enforcing documentation for in metadata.xml (through new tags) > maybe. > > > > Sebastian > >
This is a nice example for a default enabled USE flag, where i see no strong reason to enable it. Now i dont know that package nor do i know how many users actually use that feature. If the majority uses that feature, it seems ok to me to enable it by default (either by a specific xfce profile or default enabled USE flag). If its on the other hand a minority, which just complains louder, i would still request the useflag to stay offline by default. Together with this, i am glad to see the move of KDE/GNOME specific USE flags from normal desktop profile to KDE/GNOME subprofiles. In most cases, users will either use one of those or none of them. With this change, it will give a better situation for the majority of our users. And for those, who want to use both profiles, they can have a look at portage manpage, as betelgeuse suggested. -- Thomas Sachau Gentoo Linux Developer

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