On Mon, 1 Sep 2003, Denis Troshin wrote: > Almost every package I install requires a few other packages. This > 'idea of using dependent packages' turns FreeBSD (and other > unix-systems) to an ugly monster.
At least the dependencies are taken care of for you automatically in FreeBSD, unlike some systems which require you to download and install each depedency manually. > For example, I don't need Perl or Python but a few packages I > install require them. > > Does exist a programming under unix without these dependencies? > > P.S. Under Windows it is possible to write not bad applications > which depend just on libraries (KERNEL32, USER32, GDI32). And these > libs exist on every base system!!! I have to deal with creating internal distribution packages for all kinds of Windows software just about every day, and the dependencies for Windows software can be much worse, especially for Microsoft's own software which seems to be among the worst. Microsoft Office XP alone depends on (when installed on a base Windows 98SE installation), no less than Microsoft Installer 2.x (MSI), Internet Explorer 6, MDAC, and several other non-Office bits and pieces that don't come to mind right now. Granted, they are included in the Office XP installer and it will install all of this by itself if you don't have any of them installed, but they are indeed separate depedencies. I break as many depedencies as I possibly can out of a particular piece of software into separate distribution packages with their own dependency chains. The FreeBSD ports/packages system just happens to already do this to a high degree, because it is a good idea. -- Chris Dillon - cdillon(at)wolves.k12.mo.us FreeBSD: The fastest and most stable server OS on the planet - Available for IA32, IA64, PC98, Alpha, and UltraSPARC architectures - x86-64, PowerPC, ARM, MIPS, and S/390 under development - http://www.freebsd.org No trees were harmed in the composition of this message, although some electrons were mildly inconvenienced. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"