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#1 2021-11-30 23:26:24

From: Nottingham, United Kingdom
Registered: 2019-02-24
Posts: 1

SDL2 and package groups

So today I was installing SDL2 and needed to also install the various sdl2_* packages, and was wondering if it would be possible to group them into a package group, or if there's a reason they're not?

Looking at Arch Linux - Package Groups there doesn't seem to be too many, are they reserved for key system components (desktop environments and the like), but then there is stuff like a RISC-V emulator group, telepathy group, etc.

So guess this is half question what the groups are for (& can more be added), half request, but obviously not the most important thing in the world.


#2 2021-12-01 02:51:42

Registered: 2012-08-01
Posts: 1,168

Re: SDL2 and package groups

A feature request may be opened in the bug tracker (for “Community packages”), but is there really a reason to?

Most groups are collections of packages that deliver executables and are likely to be installed explicitly. That’s not the case for SDL and for most users it’s installed as a dependency. With the exception of developers there is no need to install SDL explicitly. And developers have no need to install all SDL-related package either: only those they need. So what would be a benefit of having such a group?

Sometimes I seem a bit harsh — don’t get offended too easily!


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