Goal: Increased Modularity?

Bill Nottingham notting at redhat.com
Tue Sep 4 16:57:03 UTC 2007

Richi Plana (myfedora at richip.dhs.org) said: 
> For instance, if I desired to come up with a spin that doesn't have
> Sendmail, why must I give up fetchmail, mutt or tor?

Because they *require* a MTA to deliver/send the mail, at least in their
default configurations

> Why is it that so
> many packages can't stand alone without libvorbis? I know that some of
> the packages NEED libvorbis, but for many, shouldn't it be optional and
> something that isn't required to be compiled against (think dlopen(3)
> instead of ld(1)) like gstreamer-plugins-* (which all seem to require
> libvorbis)?

dlopen will cause you to break at runtime instead of buildtime if
ABI changes - that's not good.


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