Gentoo Fun

Eoin Coffey ecoffey at
Fri Jul 20 16:14:39 EDT 2007

I think we should forward some of these suggestions (or just this whole
thread) onto the Gentoo folks.


On 7/20/07, Richard Laager <rlaager at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-07-20 at 15:17 -0400, Etan Reisner wrote:
> > You missed that my point was that they should NOT have USE flags *at
> all*.
> > They should just all be left at the defaults, period. There is virtually
> > *zero* benefit to being able to disable certain protocols because
> building
> > them doesn't require extra dependencies, if people want the extra
> > protocols they install the dependencies and things work if they don't
> want
> > them they don't have the dependencies (or they have them and don't
> care).
> Or you could have positive USE flags only. For example, USE=gadugadu
> would tell the Pidgin package to pull in Gadu-Gadu as a dependency
> before it's built. Then, Pidgin's configure script would detect GG and
> use it, without any other special changes.
> Richard
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