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Bug 454670

Summary: Excessive dependencies
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Tethys <tethys>
Component: xulrunnerAssignee: Christopher Aillon <caillon>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 9CC: caillon, gecko-bugs-nobody, johnp, mcepl, stransky, walters
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Description Tethys 2008-07-09 16:47:34 UTC
Description of problem:
Install firefox with yum. Get unwanted and unneeded metacity package
at the same time.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum install firefox
Actual results:
 Package                 Arch       Version          Repository        Size 
 firefox                 x86_64     3.0-1.fc9        updates           9.3 M
Installing for dependencies:
 fedora-gnome-theme      noarch     8.0.0-2.fc9      updates            10 k
 libgnome                x86_64     2.22.0-3.fc9     fedora            980 k
 metacity                x86_64     2.22.0-3.fc9     fedora            2.3 M
 nodoka-metacity-theme   noarch     0.3.90-1.fc9     fedora            8.2 k
 xulrunner               x86_64     1.9-1.fc9        updates           8.7 M

Expected results:
 Package                 Arch       Version          Repository        Size 
 firefox                 x86_64     3.0-1.fc9        updates           9.3 M
Installing for dependencies:
 xulrunner               x86_64     1.9-1.fc9        updates           8.7 M

Additional info:
The problem seems to be that firefox requires xulrunner, which requires
libgnome which requires nodoka-metacity-theme, which requires metacity.

But Firefox (and by implication xulrunner) categorically do no require
libgnome or metacity to run, and thus they should not be a dependencies
as far as I can see. Maybe they can make use of them in some way if
they're installed. But they don't need them to be installed. For those
of us trying to run a minimal system, dependency bugs like this are a
real problem.

Comment 1 Christopher Aillon 2008-07-09 17:41:01 UTC
Yeah, it is currently a soft dependency on libgnome, as the libraries we need
are accessed via dlopen() but I think it will change to be a link/runtime
dependency at some point so it's probably unfair for me to make this change only
to have it reappear.

I'm slightly more interested in why libgnome pulls in everything it does, but I
bet there's good reason for that, too... 

Comment 2 Matěj Cepl 2008-07-14 07:13:37 UTC
Related bug is bug 454890 (probably duplicate, but in the context of OLPC the
situation might be different).

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