does mc really require perl*?

Petr Pisar ppisar at
Mon Sep 23 11:38:56 UTC 2013

On 2013-09-11, Bill Nottingham <notting at> wrote:
> The problem with soft dependencies has always been the semantics and the
> workflow, not the implementation.  Even as you describe here with defined
> semantics, that makes assumptions about the workflow, namely that to make
> use of them:
> - the installers are interactive in ways that most of our frontends aren't

False. You can decide soft dependencies on preconfigured base. See
Gentoo portage tool. It's hell of soft dependencies and it's not

> - that we're designing for the case where the person handling software
>   installation is interested in this level of platform micromanagement

Again you can leave the decision to a default, if you worry a user gets

-- Petr

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