[blfs-support] Xorg required dep when following links in BLFS

Pierre Labastie pierre.labastie at neuf.fr
Mon Dec 23 09:08:23 PST 2013

Le 23/12/2013 16:56, Bruce Dubbs a écrit :
> akhiezer wrote:
>>> From: William Harrington <kb0iic at berzerkula.org>
>>> To: BLFS Support List <blfs-support at linuxfromscratch.org>
>>> Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 04:07:25 -0600
>>> Subject: [blfs-support] Xorg required dep when following links in BLFS
>>> Greetings,
>>> There is a problem with BLFS and Xorg deps when someone follows the
>>> links for required dependencies of Xorg libs.
>>> An example:
>>> When a user attempts to build WIreshark, the require deps will take
>>> them all the way to xorg-proto.
>>> I have also been told that util-macros isn't required for xproto. I
>>> haven't confirmed, so I won't deal with that here.
>>> THe problem is, that when someone is following required dependencies
>>> and gets to xorg-proto or util macros, XORG_PREFIX won't be set if
>>> they follow dependencies rather than going straight to the Xorg
>>> introduction page.
>>> xorg-proto ( which has util-macros as required dependency) does not
>>> have Xorg introduction as a required dependency where XORG_PREFIX and
>>> XORG_CONFIG is set.
>>> This is a problem and has been for some time. Users constantly come to
>>> support (more irc than the mailing list) with issues regarding
>>> libraries and headers not found. Of course, we don't support zombies,
>>> but clearly, if you go from top to bottom and then someone decides
>>> that they would want to install Xorg dependencies while following
>>> required dependency links, they don't get XORG_CONFIG or XORG_PREFIX
>>> set.
>>> Since the Xorg libs will eventually link the required deps all the way
>>> to util-macros as a required dependency of xorg-proto, I think it'd be
>>> a suggestion to have the xorg introduction as a dependency of util-
>>> macros or xorg-proto or both.
>>> A lot of people do follow links rather than know if they want to build
>>> some or all of Xorg, and when they do this, they don't get to the Xorg
>>> introduction page for Xorg. People can argue all they want that users
>>> should know if they want any or all of Xorg installed before building
>>> an app that may use a GUI. The problem is that the required dependency
>>> chain is broken. I followed Wireshark all the way back to util-macros,
>>> and nothing about XORG_PREFIX and XORG_CONFIG was mentioned.
>> Might it be best addressed in blfs chapter 2 or 3, if it's considered to
>> be a 'global', 'overview' kind of issue? BLFS users are ~expected to have
>> processed those chapters. That would help avoid a lot of repetition
>> elsewhere?
>  From a practical matter, those sections will be skipped by a lot of 
> users.  Adding the preface matter as a prereq to a couple of packages 
> seems to be the minimal solution.
>    -- Bruce
ISTR that at a time, it was said that any page in the X chapter was a prereq
for the following. That explains why the pages are not in alphabetical order.
And that's how I implemented it in jhalfs-blfs (same for the KDE chapter,


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