PROVIDES

The PROVIDES file is used to contain information about what generic dependencies a spell provides.

The format of this file is a simple list of uppercase provider names, separated by newlines.

For instance, exim, postfix and sendmail are mailer daemons, so they provide MAIL-TRANSPORT-AGENT.

Example from the spell "mozilla":

MOZILLA-BROWSER
EMAIL-CLIENT
WEB-BROWSER
GRAPHICAL-WEB-BROWSER
GECKO
NS-PLUGIN-COMPATIBLE

You use the provider just like any other dependency:

depends GECKO &&

suggest_depends WEB-BROWSER "" "" "for browsing the html docs"

So when something needs a pager, you don't put in your favourite one, but PAGER and let the user choose the provider.

When adding a spell to an existing provider (e.g. adding a new provider for GECKO), all spells using that provider have to work with the new spell or need to be fixed.

Warning: provider names should not match spell names regardless of their case.

Note: due to historical reasons, another syntax using provides <PROVIDER> is also supported, but should not be used.