Goal: Increased Modularity?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 16:23:54 UTC 2007

Bill Nottingham wrote:
> 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.

You should expect things to break when you change an interface - pretty 
much by definition.  If it hurts, don't do it.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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