[tex-live] beamer: has more dependencies?

Ivan Shmakov oneingray at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 06:55:57 CET 2008

>>>>> "MP" == Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard <mpg at elzevir.fr> writes:
>>>>> "KB" == Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> writes:
>>>>> "IS" == Ivan Shmakov <oneingray at gmail.com> writes:

 KB> Maybe.  One problem is that too many dependencies is just as bad as
 KB> too few.  Are xcolor and ifxetex *always* required?

 MP> xcolor is not required in article mode using the noxcolor option
 MP> OTOH, you rarely compile a beamer document *only* in article mode
 MP> :-) So I would say yes, it is always required.

 MP> ifxetex is required by hyperref and other packages (probably
 MP> graphicx, didn't check) which are always loaded by beamer.

	Why this dependency isn't recorded in `texlive.tlpdb', then?

 IS> * is there a way to list the significant, yet optional,
 IS> dependencies (like, e. g., the Recommends: field for the Debian
 IS> `.deb' packages)?

 KB> No.  We've discussed it but there's never seemed any particular use
 KB> for it.

	It seems that the `xcolor', as a dependency of `beamer', would
	fit the following definition quite well:

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          This declares a strong, but not absolute, dependency.

          The Recommends field should list packages that would be found
          together with this one in all but unusual installations.
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