Broken FC5 packages - stay clear.

Andreas Bierfert andreas.bierfert at
Sun Jun 11 17:03:23 CDT 2006

On Sun, 11 Jun 2006 21:39:30 +0100
Mike Hearn <mike at> wrote:
> We had this problem with Debian, where people didn't install the "utils"
> package and apps broke mysteriously. Unless you have a lot of experience
> of Wine debugging you cannot detect this easily ... please, there's no
> reason to split this stuff up as Wine will load everything in a failsafe
> fashion so there is no need to mark the package as depending on a million
> things.

Well from a wine perspective I see that this makes sense, but if you take a look
at all the dependencies it is another story... installing wine is one thing...
ending up with zillion dependencies is a whole different story for lots of
people where e.g. bandwidth is still a problem or which rather want to have a
slim system. I as a packager sit between the chairs and in this case I see why
splitting up wine made sense in debian and why it made sense for Fedora Extras
as well. The question is what to split and what to leave in. The stuff that has
been split from just having one 'wine' package is stuff that made sense and in
ways interacts best with what Fedora Core ships with the distro. Sure there are
improvements to be made and suggestions are always welcome :) but doing it the
way it is done now made lots of people happy (and gave me positive feedback).

> Out of interest what are the 11 packages?


These are the 10 packages which are relevant for a 'normal' user where wine and
wine-tools are the major ones. They are build from the wine sources (without
winemp3). Then there is:


These two are more or less only interesting for
packagers/developers etc.

For more details take a look here:

And of course build from the wine-docs sources is the wine-docs rpm:

> thanks -mike

no problem.

- Andreas

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