Proposed patch to perl for f8 - remove Requires on perl-devel

Robin Norwood rnorwood at
Tue Jun 5 14:14:20 UTC 2007

Marius Feraru <altblue at> writes:

> Robin Norwood wrote:
>> When we break the Requires on the other packages, we could add them to
>> comps.xml alongside perl-devel.  This way the default install would be
>> 'all perl core modules', but one could easily remove the devel-related
>> bits either at kickstart time (-<packagename> in the %packages section)
>> or post-install.
> "Default" ("base") install is already super-hyper-bloated. I'd avoid
> cluttering it even more.

Well, this isn't adding anything - we simply wouldn't be removing things
that, as Jose points out, are considered part of the core perl
distribution, and many people would be upset to find missing.

> OTOH, you could go "classic", in a similar way like, for instance, in order
> to be able to build a gtk2 dependent app you need (among others) the
> "gtk-devel" package.
> So, you could alleviate this by adding (artificial) dependencies to the
> "perl-devel" package in order to bring up *all* "core Perl" packages.
> For the current split status, this should feel quite ok, as all those
> packages have a "developerish" nature:
> %package devel
> ...
> Requires: perl(CPAN)
> Requires: perl(ExtUtils::Embed)
> Requires: perl(ExtUtils::MakeMaker)
> Requires: perl(Test::Harness)
> Requires: perl(Test::Simple)

This is exactly what we're doing now (for f7), but I'd rather not have
artificial dependencies.


Robin Norwood
Red Hat, Inc.

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