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Bug 223726 - external vfs script dependencies
Summary: external vfs script dependencies
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mc
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jindrich Novy
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-01-22 00:03 UTC by Curtis Doty
Modified: 2013-07-02 23:19 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2009-07-14 17:02:36 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
split perl deps into sub-package (deleted)
2008-04-20 18:48 UTC, Curtis Doty
no flags Details | Diff

Description Curtis Doty 2007-01-22 00:03:58 UTC
I just noticed that a minimalist Fedora does not require perl. Therefore, with
mc, it seems disproportionate to require it for just 10 small extfs scripts.

Here is one solution for splitting package so that just core mc can still be
installed without dependency bloat.

--- mc.spec     4 Jan 2007 16:14:38 -0000       1.115
+++ mc.spec     21 Jan 2007 23:50:17 -0000
@@ -3,7 +3,7 @@
 Summary:       User-friendly text console file manager and visual shell
 Name:          mc
 Version:       4.6.1a
-Release:       39%{?dist}
+Release:       39%{?dist}gk1
 Epoch:         1
 License:       GPL
 Group:         System Environment/Shells
@@ -37,6 +37,13 @@
 ability to FTP, view tar and zip files, and to poke into RPMs for
 specific files.
+%package extfs
+Summary: Midnight Commander virtual filesystem extensions
+Group: System Environment/Shells
+%description extfs
+Midnight Commander virtual filesystem extensions.
 %setup -q -n %{name}-%{date}
@@ -185,7 +192,9 @@
 %attr(4711, vcsa, root) %{_libexecdir}/mc/cons.saver
 %lang(es) %{_mandir}/es/man1/mc.1.gz
@@ -199,7 +208,14 @@
 %dir %{_datadir}/mc
 %dir %{_sysconfdir}/mc
+%files extfs
+* Sun Jan 21 2007 Curtis Doty <>
+- spin off external vfs to separate package
 * Thu Jan  4 2007 Jindrich Novy <> 4.6.1a-39
 - update to new CVS snapshot (fixes #220828)
 - update bindings again

Of course, those scripts could just be re-coded in python too. :-p But that's
more than I'm want and capable of doing.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 18:55:16 UTC
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
against rawhide during the development of a Fedora release that is no
longer maintained. In order to refocus our efforts as a project we are
flagging all of the open bugs for releases which are no longer
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Comment 2 Jindrich Novy 2008-04-05 10:25:27 UTC
Splitting the whole extfs out of mc is a bad idea IMO, because it would cripple
one of the major mc fucntionality, which is browsing rpms, patches and various
compression archives as a VFS with almost the same comfort as the local files.

I mean it's not all bad, maybe splitting only the perl vfs scripts out of mc to
separate subpackage makes sense, but definitely not as it is proposed now.

Comment 3 Curtis Doty 2008-04-16 04:33:59 UTC
Agreed. Here are the extfs that require Perl:

$ grep -nC1 perl extfs/*
extfs/a:1:#! /usr/bin/perl -w
extfs/apt:1:#! /usr/bin/perl
extfs/deb:1:#! /usr/bin/perl
extfs/deba:1:#! /usr/bin/perl
extfs/debd:1:#! /usr/bin/perl
extfs/dpkg:1:#! /usr/bin/perl
extfs/mailfs:1:#! /usr/bin/perl -w
extfs/patchfs:1:#! /usr/bin/perl -w
extfs/README-190-that mc can use.  Currently awk (or gawk) is used because
nearly all systems
extfs/README:191:have it. If another scripting language is available, like perl,
that could
extfs/README-192-also be used. 
extfs/rpms:1:#! /usr/bin/perl
extfs/uzip:1:#! /usr/bin/perl -w

So if we still really *must* have some of these, they'll need to be rewritten in
awk or python or something.


Comment 4 Curtis Doty 2008-04-20 18:48:20 UTC
Created attachment 303067 [details]
split perl deps into sub-package

Here's one way to do it.

Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 02:33:40 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:

Comment 6 Curtis Doty 2008-06-29 04:23:02 UTC
Jindrich, how about pushing patch 303067 into rawhide?

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Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 17:02:36 UTC
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