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Item7732: configure should check for all dependencies of the distribution - and not just the core

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Engine Configuration Low Closed TWiki:Main.HaraldJoerg patch 6.1.0

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In TWiki:Support.SID-02171, the user failed to locate the Perl module HTML::Entities in her distribution (Ubuntu in this case). The reason is that this module is part of the CPAN distribution HTML::Parser, so there's no separate package for HTML::Entities in any Linux distribution. Installing the module directly from CPAN works because the scripts (cpan, cpanm) silently install the whole HTML::Parser distribution if HTML::Entities is requested.

TWiki's configure script already checks for a bunch of modules which are only required for some features (e.g. Net::SMTP for sending mails). In the same fashion, all modules which are required by extensions we ship together with TWiki should be checked.

TWiki:TWiki.TWikiInstallationGuide correctly lists the dependencies for WYSIWYG, but could be improved by noting that HTML::Entities comes with HTML::Parser.

-- TWiki:Main/HaraldJoerg - 2016-03-14

Thank you, good point!

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 2016-03-16

Summary configure should check for all dependencies of the distribution - and not just the core
ReportedBy TWiki:Main.HaraldJoerg
Codebase ~twiki4, 6.0.2, 6.0.1
SVN Range TWiki-6.0.2-trunk, Thu, 03 Mar 2016, build 29985
AppliesTo Engine
Component Configuration
Priority Low
CurrentState Closed
WaitingFor TWiki:Main.HaraldJoerg
Checkins TWikirev:29991 TWikirev:29992
TargetRelease patch
ReleasedIn 6.1.0
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Topic revision: r6 - 2018-07-17 - PeterThoeny
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