And a vim mystery

As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am having a hard time figuring out why it is necessary to include Mercurial, gtk2, gpm, libxt, libsm and desktop-file-utils in the construction of vim.

This all comes about because, in the process of stripping the guts out of ConnochaetOS and converting it to a framebuffer speed demon, I realized that vim choked without gtk2.

And libxt, and almost all the rest of that stuff above. And the dependencies, of course.

Mystifying, but I am no expert. I tried to rewrite (with considerable effort) the vim PKGBUILD to omit all that stuff, use the 7.3 tarball, and lose a little weight.

It’s not going very well though. Big, complex applications like this always seem to spin out of control and turn ugly when I write my own PKGBUILDs. I do better with simpler stuff.

I’ve searched AUR for something like a “vim-nogui” or Debian’s vim.tiny, but there are quite a lot to skim through. I’ll keep trying and keep searching. Maybe something has already been done. :|

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8 thoughts on “And a vim mystery

  1. Kaleb Elwert

    You shouldn’t even need to look in the AUR. The Arch ABS has a package for vim (which doesn’t even use X or the X libs) and a package for gvim (which needs gtk+), though both should use the same source package.

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  2. IsaacG

    Yeah… something’s wrong. What Kaleb said. I’m running vim without GTK or much else.

    http://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/vim/
    Depends: gpm, perl, vim-runtime=7.3.138-1

    When I want to make a package lighter, I get the PKGBUILD, run `makepkg -o`, enter the src directory and do: `./configure –help | less` and find what I can –disable to turn off dependencies.

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  3. Kaleb Elwert

    You could always check out the gentoo ebuilds. They’re really useful when figuring out how to build certain packages.

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  4. Sara

    You’ll need mercurial if you’re compiling vim from source because that is what vim uses for version control. I think only if you install the package from source all those dependencies are pulled in; otherwise, it’s just vim-runtime, gpm, and perl as others have mentioned.

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  5. Sara

    gpm definitely can be stripped out, I forgot to mention (had done so myself when I was using vim… but now I’m using plain vi :) ). It’s the “–enable-gpm” option in the default configure line that requires that dependency.

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