gnome bloat


I'm sure libgtop itself doesn't really need all these dependencies, but sheez.

[root@george ask]# fink install libgtop
Information about 2686 packages read in 1 seconds.

The following package will be installed or updated:
The following 13 additional packages will be installed:
 audiofile audiofile-bin docbook-dsssl-nwalsh esound esound-shlibs
 gnome-libs-dev gtk-doc imlib libgtop-shlibs openjade opensp3 opensp3-shlibs
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 

audiofile? esound? docbook-dsssl-nwalsh?! I just wanted my program to be able to lookup memory usage.


Oddly, Debian's libgtop2 has but two dependencies: libc and libglib.

Most likely this is due to incompetence on the part of the fink package maintainer.

did you open a bug ?

fink is great, but it really needs to classify and manage dependencies better.

The docbook-dsssl-nwalsh, gtk-doc, openjade, opensp3 and opensp3-shlibs are obviously build-time dependencies to build the documentation. There should be some way to build the package without building the docs and necessitating the installation of the entire doc tool chain.

The dependencies on auto libraries and imlib for a simple top viewer is quite perplexing. Sounds like there's some pathological coupling going on somewhere... :-)

definitely a packaging bug; most of those are build-time dependencies...

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