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From: walt <w41ter@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] What is the definition of a gentoo "binary" package?
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 01:49:13
Message-Id: mkb4u7$u4h$1@ger.gmane.org
<gory details of many frustrating hours of fighting with one particular
gentoo package have been snipped to eliminate uncouth language>

I think of a gentoo "binary" package (e.g. oracle-jdk-bin) as an ebuild
that fetches a file from somewhere, then merely unpacks that file and
sticks the results in /opt/<whatever>.

My experience today with libreoffice-bin has broken my mental model of
how a gentoo "binary" package behaves.

While trying to debug some broken behavior in the (non-binary) localc
spreadsheet app, I decided to install libreoffice-bin as an experiment.

The libreoffice-bin package wanted to drag in dozens of other non-binary
gentoo packages before it would install itself, and even caused a blocker
between two different versions of poppler.  (I said "no" because I thought
the blocker would make the entire experiment fail in the end.)

Any thoughts from you gentoo gurus would be most appreciated.

Replies

Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] What is the definition of a gentoo "binary" package? Andrew Savchenko <bircoph@g.o>
Re: [gentoo-user] What is the definition of a gentoo "binary" package? Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon@×××××.com>