./options-descr file suggestion for ports
david at vizion2000.net
Sat Jun 9 16:20:50 UTC 2007
Would it be possible , when a port has options, to ask porters if they would
consider the merits/demerits of adding:
1. An ./options-descr file in the port directory that describes the options,
their purpose and any notes about an option
This would be extremely useful for anyone not familiar with the port to help
in the task of choosing which options to install.
I realise that this would depend upon whether maintainers are willing to add
an additional task to the already heavy burden they undertake. Maintainers
who are willing to consider this idea but are reluctant to prepare the notes
themselves but do not have the time or are for any reason reluctant to do so,
could invite users to submit notes for incorporating in ./options-descr.
By way of example I am just installing www/ruby-gem-rails and had no immediate
idea whether or not to add fastcgi support without trying to find out whether
it is or is not needed when one has mod_ruby installed and
LoadModule ruby_module libexec/apache/mod_ruby.so
in httpd.conf. A brief note in a ./options-descr could be very helpful,
especially for some ports where the options are sometimes numerous and not
always completely documented.
A little bit of intial guidance about options would be most helpful to a
system administrator who is not necessarily familiar with the a specific
my two pennorth.
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