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Bug 63687 - Bad X-window Ebuild
Summary: Bad X-window Ebuild
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: New packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Gentoo Linux bug wranglers
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-09-11 09:14 UTC by Kaiting Chen
Modified: 2004-09-11 11:17 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Kaiting Chen 2004-09-11 09:14:15 UTC
In Debian, I could install the x-window-system-core package, which would install an x server, and some programs that would make it work, like startx, etc.

There is no equivalent in Gentoo, as ebuilds like xorg-x11 install things like twm, and xterm, along with it. An ebuild like xorg-x11-core should be created that only includes the very very basic things needed to have an x server up, because most people will install their own window managers and xterm emulators anyways.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install xorg-x11
Actual Results:  
Installs a much bloated package

Expected Results:  
Install only the base x server
Comment 1 Stefan Schweizer (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-11 09:24:23 UTC
This is the same issue as with kde .. Gentoo takes the source packages so everything gets installed. Do you think a DO_NOT_COMPILE like in kde would be enough?
Comment 2 Seemant Kulleen (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-09-11 11:17:55 UTC
no, it would not.  We played with the idea of splitting up X, but it's just not possible without a major headache.  Debian, RH, and the binary distros can do this, because they compile the entire X and then just split the *binaries* into different debs/rpms.  As a source based distro, we can't, I'm sorry. I've spent 6 months of my life trying to do this, and it's just too much of a hassle to do.

Now, for the good news.  The Debrix project is what will come to the forefront for the next xorg-x11 release.  Google debrix and you'll see how much better things will get.

As for xterm, it already _is_ a separate package -- xorg-x11 does not install the xterm binary.