man-db without cache update (no cron or systemd *.timer)

Jan Chaloupka jchaloup at redhat.com
Wed Oct 15 14:10:02 UTC 2014


Hi,

there has been a discussion about if we need cache for man-db for users
which use man pages or update system only from time to time and thus
don't need to update cache every day. man-db as it is now depends on
systemd which brings another set of packages. The use case is "I just
want to read man page. So I install man which on the other hand download
another set of packages. I want to read man page and it downloads systemd.".

Bug report: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1119625

My suggestion is to create a subpackage (called minimal for example),
which will be without cron/*.timer file. Thus no dependency on systemd.
User will be responsible for updating cache. The proposal was to make
this man-db-minimal implicit, not explicit.

I would like to start discussion if it is really important to update
cache periodically (so keep it implicit and create man-db-minimal
without update) or make it optional (man-db without update and create
man-db-enhanced for example).

Regards
Jan



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