[rrd-developers] Bug#494824: librrd4 pulls in a lot of packages - which one is to blame?

Sebastian Harl sh at tokkee.org
Sun Aug 24 11:14:45 CEST 2008


(Cc'ing the rrdtool development mailing list - see [1] for the original
bug report.)

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/494824

On Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 10:29:01PM +0200, Olaf Schulz wrote:
> What can one do - when trying to avoid to get a full-blown X11 (client) System
> on a server without any GUI, when I'd just like to get rrdtool -generated
> graphics e.g. for http: output?

There is nothing you could currently do but stick to rrdtool 1.2 (and

> As many production servers are running stable or testing (which still uses
> librrd2) an early solution to this upcoming problem would save a lot of hassle
> to many people.

Well, the thing is that upstream now uses libpango for drawing the
graphs and which pulls in all of those dependencies. The only thing I
could think of that could be done against that is to split the library
in two parts - one which implements the graphing stuff and one which
includes everything else. Only the former would depend on libpango.
Anyway, I doubt that this would be really useful as, I suppose, people
usually want to draw graphs on the same system that writes the rrd

I don't really see the _problem_ anyway. This should only cause problems
on systems with very limited disk-space. I doubt that anyone would be
using rrdtool there though.


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