jmitrovich at spinn.net
jmitrovich at spinn.net
Wed Aug 18 14:48:57 PDT 2010
Scott Webster writes:
> On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 9:11 AM, Dushan Mitrovich <dushanm at spinn.net> wrote:
>> A couple of days ago I installed the plotting program 'gri'. I needed a
>> small, simple plotting program for simple tasks, and this looked from its
>> website as a good candidate to try out. It installed okay - after over
>> _five_ uninterrupted hours. My DSL connection is slow - 256k - but still,
>> this struck me as ridiculous. Included in the install were a bunch of
>> languages beside English, none of which I needed or wanted.
>> Before the install I had no idea how much was going to be installed, and
>> even at the beginning of the install the list of dependencies didn't give a
>> sense of the volume of files involved. So my question is: Is there a way to
>> get that information before the install, and then tailor the install itself
>> to not include pieces that are not needed?
> Gri is a great program :)
> Unfortunately it depends on texlive in order to build some simple
> documentation. I don't think that there is a way to find out how long
> an installation of all the dependencies is going to take on your
> machine, but you can find out what they are.
> "port info gri" tells you the dependencies, as does "port deps gri".
> You can see all the recursive dependencies with "port rdeps gri".
> When you get a big list you can guess that it will take a while. You
> can also use the -y dry run switch (e.g. "port -y install gri") to
> simulate what will happen in advance.
> Sometimes if you decide you don't want all the extra stuff you can
> find that there is a variant for the port that you can use to change
> what is installed. "port info gri" and "port variants gri" tell you
> that there is only a universal variant though, so here there is no
> option to turn off the documentation building.
> This was on my "list of things to look into sometime in the future."
> Hopefully you still like gri anyway.
Thank you, that was very useful info. It will go at least part way to
helping me make a decision on any particular install. The instruction 'port
rdeps gri' is a real eye-opener. In fact, if the items listed there showed
their file-sizes, it would contain all the information easily accessed to
estimate installation effort.
Haven't tried gri yet, but will in the next day or so.
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