librxtx-java dependencies

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Tue Jun 22 21:20:36 UTC 2010

"Onkar Shinde" <onkarshinde at> wrote:

>On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 11:56 PM, Scott Howard <showard314 at> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM, Augusto Brito <mag at> wrote:
>>> Hello
>>> The librxtx-java package lists java-runtime as a dependency, which in
>>> turn brings along a lot of packages. Would it be reasonable if it
>>> depended only on the java-runtime-headless? This new dependency could
>>> reduce a lot of unused packages when installed on a server machine as is
>>> my case.
>> Thanks for pointing this out. This package has just been adopted by
>> the Debian Java Packaging team, and a new version has just been
>> uploaded to debian and maverick [1]. This new version does not depend
>> on java-runtime. It actually does not depend on any java (which is a
>> bug). I agree that it should at least depend on: default-jre-headless.
>No, it is not a bug. It was decided by Debian Java team that library
>packages should not depend on runtime unless the package needs a
>specific version of runtime (1.5 or 1.6).

Do I understand correctly that you are saying the package depends on non-essential functionality,  but doesn't declare that dependency and it's somehow OK?

Scott K

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