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Bug 402905 - x11-libs/gtk+:2 : please add a python USE flag for the converter script
Summary: x11-libs/gtk+:2 : please add a python USE flag for the converter script
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-02-09 18:04 UTC by Diego Elio Pettenò (RETIRED)
Modified: 2012-02-14 11:17 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Diego Elio Pettenò (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-02-09 18:04:15 UTC
As far as I can tell, there is only a single python script in Gtk+ for which the dependency is present. Can you please add an USE flag so that one can install gtk+ (on a ROOT offset) without bringing Python in? Thank you!
Comment 1 Alexandre Rostovtsev (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-02-09 18:45:45 UTC
It would require tracking down which versions of which packages use gtk-builder-convert at build time. Diego, you have a tinderbox, perhaps you could help with that ;)
Comment 2 Diego Elio Pettenò (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-02-09 19:40:18 UTC
Get me a masked ebuild with that USE flag, and next week I'll run the tinderbox to find what breaks with it disabled, deal? :)
Comment 3 Diego Elio Pettenò (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-02-09 19:40:24 UTC
(I mean p.masked)
Comment 4 Alexandre Rostovtsev (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-02-13 23:23:01 UTC
A full tinderbox run turned would have been overkill; all build-time users of gtk-builder-convert could be found just by grepping ebuilds and contents of $WORKDIR after src_prepare, which is something I could do on my own machine.

There turned out to be only three users in the tree - gnome-terminal, drwright, and klavaro.

Since gtk-builder-convert is a self-contained script useful in its own right, it was more natural to simply split it off into a separate ebuild (dev-util/gtk-builder-convert) than to try make it a flag-controlled part of gtk+.

gtk+-2.24.10-r1 is now python-free.

> *gtk+-2.24.10-r1 (13 Feb 2012)
>  13 Feb 2012; Alexandre Rostovtsev <>
>  gtk+-2.24.5-r1.ebuild, gtk+-2.24.8-r1.ebuild, gtk+-2.24.9-r1.ebuild,
>  gtk+-2.24.10.ebuild, +gtk+-2.24.10-r1.ebuild:
>  Split dev-util/gtk-builder-convert out of gtk+-2.24.10-r1 to get rid of
>  python dependency (requested by Diego Elio Pettenò, bug #402905).
Comment 5 Maxim Kammerer 2012-02-14 07:15:39 UTC
A similar issue with gnome-base/libglade: bug #398955.
Comment 6 Gilles Dartiguelongue (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2012-02-14 11:17:08 UTC
I wouldn't have made it a USE flag of gtk, gtk does not need it and apps needing this script would not necessarily have to depend on a specific slot of gtk that way.