This document represents a proposed Change. As part of the Changes
process, proposals are publicly announced in order to receive
community feedback. This proposal will only be implemented if approved
by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee.
== Summary ==
Split the `fpc` package (the Free Pascal Compiler) into several
sub-packages (built from the same spec file).
== Owner ==
* Name: [[User:suve|Artur Frenszek-Iwicki]]
* Email: <fedora(a)svgames.pl>
== Detailed Description ==
The `fpc` package will be split into three packages:
* `fpc` - the compiler itself, plus utility programs
* `fpc-ide` - the terminal-based TUI IDE (`/usr/bin/fp`)
* `fpc-units-ARCHNAME-linux` - pre-compiled units (think "FPC's
stdlib") for developing programs for Linux
The "units" subpackage will be a shared dependency for both `fpc` and
== Benefit to Fedora ==
The TUI IDE will be moved to a separate package, slightly reducing the
download size for packages requiring FPC to build.
Putting Linux units in an `fpc-units-ARCHNAME-linux` package will
create a precedent which can be used in the future for introducing
cross-compilation packages, like `fpc-units-x86_64-win64` for MS
== Scope ==
* Proposal owners:
** Edit `fpc.spec` as required and rebuild the package, preferably
before the Mass Rebuild.
* Other developers: No action required.
* Release engineering: No action required.
* Policies and guidelines: N/A (not needed for this Change)
* Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
* Alignment with Objectives: N/A
== Upgrade/compatibility impact ==
After upgrading to Fedora 38, users interested in the TUI IDE will
need to manually install the `fpc-ide` package. For those not
interested in the TUI IDE, there will be no impact.
== How To Test ==
A copr repository has been created where users can test out the
This copr repository also modifies the spec to build units for MS
Windows (`x86_64` only), allowing for cross-compilation.
== User Experience ==
For users not interested in the TUI IDE, this Change will slightly
reduce the install size (about 1.5 MiB for the IDE plus another 3.5
MiB for its dependencies).
Since the TUI IDE does not launch the compiler as a sub-process, but
rather contains an embedded copy of the compiler, users who use only
the IDE and not the standalone compiler will benefit in a similar way
- they will be able to install just the IDE, without the main compiler
== Dependencies ==
== Contingency Plan ==
Worst case scenario - give up, revert to an old version of `fpc.spec`
and rebuild the package.
== Documentation ==
N/A (not a System Wide Change)
== Release Notes ==
The `fpc` package no longer includes the terminal-based TUI IDE. Users
interested in the IDE should install the `fpc-ide` package.
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