Second "RFC" on pkg-data idea for ports
krion at FreeBSD.org
Tue Apr 13 05:19:26 PDT 2004
On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 11:40:59PM -0400, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> [this is BCC'ed to -hackers and -arch just so everyone has a
> chance to see it, but I expect the bulk of the discussion
> should take place on the freebsd-ports mailing list]
> Back in January I send out a long-ish email asking for feedback
> on some ideas I had for the ports-collection. I received a fair
> number of comments, and have finally re-organized my ideas into
> a few web pages. Hopefully these will make more sense.
> Initially I had written the ideas up as a bunch of Wiki pages,
> but the machine holding that Wiki died, taking with it all the
> pages I had written... I have not proof-read the web pages,
> so there's probably some spelling mistakes and odd sentences
> on them. Apologies for that, but I wanted to get *something*
> sent out this week. This project has been blocked due to a
> lack of time on my part, and I want to get it moving again...
> The basic idea is to collapse many of the separate files for a
> port into a single pkg-data file. The web pages explain why I
> think this might be worth doing. Please check them out at:
> Some of the work for this has been done, mainly just to see how
> well it might work out. The project is still probably more work
> than Darren and I can finish, so we might limit ourselves to a
> subset of the idea. For instance, we might start out by just
> collapsing the distinfo, pkg-plist, and "files/patches-*" files
> into a pkg-data file, and leave the other files for some later
> What I'd like is some idea of whether this project is worth
> pursuing. If not, then Darren and I will concentrate on some
> other, less disruptive project. If people like the general idea
> of this project, then we'll see how much of we can do. If we
> have some of the details wrong, then let us know what we need
> to change or where we need to look for more information. I know
> that I am not a full-fledged expert in every facet of the ports
> collection, and I am not looking to ram some ideas down everyone's
> throat. I just think that some change like this one could be
> useful for the ports collection, and I'm trying to come up with
> something that everyone sees as useful.
> If this project does not seem like it would be worth the effort,
> then that will be perfectly okay too. Please let me know what you
> think. Also, please read the web pages before responding. It took
> me a fair amount of time to write the web pages that are there (as
> lame as they are...), and I'd rather not have to retype all of that
> into a long series of disjointed messages...
Seems interesting, but why do you want to convert
ports-collection to XML-like format ? Do you have any
particular reasons for that ?
The idea of putting distinfo, pkg-plist, files/* in single file
is also not quite good, sounds a little messy IMHO, the
overview of information will be lost.
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