[PD] nogui mode WAS: Re: debian/ubuntu package for

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Thu Jul 5 20:50:22 CEST 2007

On Thu, 5 Jul 2007, Roman Haefeli wrote:

> yo, i think there are some situations (e.g. for a fixed installation), 
> where you know in advance that you'll run pd with -nogui and you setup a 
> fresh computer just for this installtion (e.g. ubuntu server, which has 
> no X per default, afaik). why would you want to install X then, when you 
> won't need it? for this kind of cases (i already had some of them), now 
> you are forced to install the complete X windows system, when you 
> install pd per package manager. it would be nice to have the opportunity 
> to install purely puredata.

As I have said in another mail in this thread, a dependency on tk on 
results on X client components (libX11 and friends) to be installed. The X 
server (incl drivers and fonts) is not a dependency.

Installing those extra packages takes one minute and zero effort. In the 
meanwhile you don't even have the time to go grab a coffee from your very 
own kilowatt drip machine.

OTOH, it wouldn't really hurt much if the package was split.

The main advantage that I'd see to splitting pd into several packages is 
that it would be much more visible in the package selection systems; but 
that doesn't necessarily correlate much to new users, especially for very 
specialised, high-training apps like pd. It'd likely be much more fruitful 
to use keywords in a way that people susceptible of being good at pd can 
discover the existence of pd just by searching for what they like in their 
package manager.

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