Bad recommended package lists
fgouget at free.fr
Mon Apr 28 12:53:51 CDT 2008
The Wiki's Recommended Packages list contains a lot of incorrect
recommendations. I have already cleaned up the Debian section, but there
seems to be a lot of copy/paste that spread the bad information to the
RPM distros. So we'd need volunteers for pruning and updating these
lists for Fedora and RHEL / WBEL.
Here's a list of the suspicious or downright bad package
recommendations I spotted:
This is a library for accessing audio files. Wine does not use it.
Maybe it was confused with AudioIO (which is not used on Linux
Why would Wine need ext2fs tools?
We use libxml2, not expat.
That's not the glibc. That's a Gnome library which Wine never used.
Maybe this is for libcapi20?
As far as I know we don't use Kerberos in Wine (or it's experimental
code that is not enabled in the mainline).
Wine does not use libao. Instead it has backends for most of the
audio systems out there, although there's always a new kid on the
block that's missing.
That's for MNG files, the moving version of PNG files. But what we
use is libpng, not libmng.
Wine did use libusb at one point but now it's using libhal.
We don't use those.
* libxml, libxml-devel
We use libxml2, not the deprecated libxml1. Now, maybe some
distributions use 'libxml-devel' as the package name for libxml2 but
this should be clarified, especially since libxml2-devel is
That's QT, the toolkit used by KDE. Wine has never used it.
As far as I can tell we don't use libXxf86dga anymore.
* opencdk-devel, libgpg-error-devel, libgcrypt-devel
These are all related to GPG. We have nothing to do with GPG so
we don't need them.
Wine uses FreeType and fontconfig but not libXft as far as I know.
I believe we used GNU TLS at some point but now we use OpenSSL.
Cyrus SASL also has to do with cryptography but as far as I can tell
we never used it.
For parallel port access. Not used as far as I can tell.
Contains 'miscellaneous utility convenience functions
for X libraries to use'. I don't think Wine uses it.
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