Akonadi etc (Neil Winchurst)

Neil Winchurst barnaby at drofle.co.uk
Fri Feb 24 09:41:13 UTC 2012


On 23/02/12 18:07, Mark Greenwood wrote:
> 
>> Thanks for that. I do not use any of the programs or widgets that
>> need/use akonadi. I have also made sure that akonadi is not started at
>> log in. That is fine, but what annoys me is that I cannot simply remove
>> it. The whole advantage of Linux to me is that I should be able to
>> remove any package which I don't want. This appears not to be possible
>> with akonadi without causing a lot of trouble. IMO that is not how Linux
>> programs should be. Just my personal opinion.
>>
> 
> Well that's not strictly true, though I understand where you're coming from. But you can't just remove any package you don't want - things have dependencies, that's how packaging works. Applications can be removed yes, but core system components (which Akonadi is) cannot just be removed without breaking everything that requires it. Try removing any of the other core desktop components - I'm not a great fan of udev for example but if I want my hardware to work I can't remove it.
> 
> If you really want KDE without Akonadi you can still choose to do it, although that would probably require building KDE from source. Packagers have to make decisions about dependencies and making Akonadi optional is just not possible given how much of a core component it now is.
> 
> Mark
> 

Thanks, I should have made it clear that I was talking about packages
not core programs. I had not realised that akonadi was such a core
program. Anyway, I don't use it or any or the packages which require it
so I suppose I can just ignore it.

I do wonder why akonadi was written in the first place. Was it something
that users had been asking for?

Neil



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