RFC: What to do with Mozilla

Joe Marcus Clarke marcus at marcuscom.com
Thu Oct 16 09:55:26 PDT 2003


On Thu, 2003-10-16 at 11:05, Arjan van Leeuwen wrote:
> On Thursday 16 October 2003 12:26, Philip Paeps wrote:
> > On 2003-10-15 14:12:44 (-0400), Joe Marcus Clarke <marcus at FreeBSD.org> 
> wrote:
> > > As some of you may be aware, Mozilla 1.5 was released today (along with
> > > Firebird and Thunderbird updates which will be handled soon).  The
> > > question is, what do we do with Mozilla 1.4.x?  Do you resurrect
> > > mozilla-vendor to hold 1.4.x for a while, or do we just update
> > > www/mozilla to 1.5, and say "to hell" with 1.4.x?  Note, 1.6a is due out
> > > shortly as well, and mozilla-devel will be updated to that.
> >
> > Perhaps we should look at Mozilla more as a 'collection of things', much
> > like GNOME than as simply several different unrelated things?
> >
> > We could make 'www/mozilla' build the browser-bits, with knobs for the user
> > to say what browser they want:
> >
> >   WITH_MOZILLA_FB --> Mozilla Firebird
> >   WITH_MOZILLA_14 --> Latest on the 1.4 branch
> >   WITH_MOZILLA_15 --> Latest on the 1.5 branch
> >   WITH_MOZILLA_16 --> Latest on the 1.6 branch
> >
> > Default would be 'the most stable', which currently would probably have to
> > be the 1.4 branch.  So if a user were to compile www/mozilla or pkg_add it,
> > he would get a stable browser, as expected.
> >
> > A nice way to sort out dependencies would be a USE_MOZILLA variable, much
> > like the USE_GNOME variable for ports to say what bits or what version of
> > Mozilla they want.  We could use pkgnamesuffixes to deal with different
> > versions of Mozilla being installed (each in different places, of course)
> > and a 'mozilla' symlink pointing to the binary the user expects to be his
> > browser.
> 
> I don't really like this idea. Mozilla and Mozilla Firebird are clearly 
> different programs, so they should have different ports. 
> 
> Furthermore, the versioning is inconsistent with other ports, and it would be 
> far more difficult for people to search for the newest version of Mozilla (go 
> to Freshports, search for Mozilla - you'll find Mozilla 1.4, because that's 
> the default. Where is 1.5? Where is Firebird? Same with searching using make 
> search).

I'm able to find all Mozilla browsers (including Firebird and even
Thunderbird) when I search Freshports with "mozilla".  Plus, 1.5 is not
in the tree yet, hence this whole thread.  I'm not sure I follow what
you're trying to say here.

Joe

> 
> Arjan
> 
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