To Require yelp or not to require yelp

Christopher Aillon caillon at
Sun Jun 10 07:19:51 UTC 2007

Michael Schwendt wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Jun 2007 02:51:37 -0400, Christopher Aillon wrote:
>> Hans de Goede wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> > 
>> > 2 days ago I got 4 bugs requesting me to add Requires: yelp to packages 
>> > using it for their help system.
>> > 
>> > So I issued 3 rawhide updates (one bug was a false positive).
>> > 
>> > However yesterday I received a comment in all 4 bugs to please not 
>> > Require yelp ?????
>> Here's another way of looking at it: why should 100+ gnome packages 
>> require something that should be installed as a base part of GNOME?  If 
>> we want to make it a requires, I'd say that gnome-desktop or something 
>> ought to require it, not every f-ing package.
> What happens if you install the app in KDE, XFCE or a desktop env other
> than GNOME? Will the help menu fail silently?
> If an application specifically needs yelp (spelled out in its code or
> config) it ought to require yelp or give an error dialog if yelp is
> missing. If, on the contrary, it only uses yelp via some GNOME component,
> there also ought to be an error dialog if yelp is missing.

You'd still need the gnome libraries which should pull in the right stuff.

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