[Fedora-packaging] Unpackaged optional dependencies

Spencer Jackson spencerandrewjackson at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 8 22:29:05 UTC 2012

Hi, I'm currently packaging a robotics simulator called Morse
( https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=770740 ). Morse allows its
simulations to be interacted with via multiple middleware protocols,
including sockets, YARP, pocolibs, ROS, and a few others. Upstream has
recommended that I extract support for these protocols into separate
subpackages, which seems very reasonable. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem
that we have packages for some of these middlewares.

So, what is the best course of action? I wouldn't really object to
writing up a few more packages for these most of these optional
dependencies. However, packaging ROS might be... problematic
( http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/robotics/2011/000529.html ),
and although an employee of their backer has indicated that he
has some interest, I wouldn't be surprised if it took a while.
I suppose one option would be to strip out the unsupported middleware,
until some point in the future when there is support, then
incrementally adding subpackages for each protocol.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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