<mark_weaver>damn, gnutls-3.2.19 failed its test suite on my yeeloong. just keeping the mips regressions under control is taking more time than I'd like.
<mark_weaver>nextos6: there's no technical reason why we couldn't support more customizability of dependencies, like gentoo's use flags, but if we did that, the number of possible build combinations would by multiplied by a large factor, so it's unlikely that our modest build farm would be able to handle all of the combinations, so users would have to build everything on their own box.
<mark_weaver>I don't know much about slack or arch, but debian (and derivatives) tend to break each source package up into multiple output packages. for example, libraries tend to have separate *-dev packages.
<mark_weaver>guix can do this too, but so far we haven't taken as much advantage of this ability as maybe we should.