changes for consolidation

Tushar Teredesai linux_from_scratch at
Tue Mar 16 10:34:45 PST 2004

Matthias Benkmann wrote:

>If the build succeeds in absence of package X with the book's build
>instructions OR the book informs the user about an extra option to make it
>succeed in absence of package X, then package X is optional. 
>So in the case of ffmpeg, if the build succeeds in absence of XFree86 if
>--disable-ffplay is passed, XFree86 is optional IF the book text mentions
>this option. If it doesn't mention this option (even if not in the default
>build instructions), this is what should be fixed, instead of making
>XFree86 a required dependency. Useful configure switches should be
>documented in the book, even if they are not used by the book's
>recommended default instructions.
That is the approach that the book follows.

Tushar Teredesai
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