[RFC] NO_INSTALL in meta-ports considered harmful
mwisnicki+freebsd at gmail.com
Sun May 10 17:01:30 UTC 2009
Some metaports (like print/cups) use NO_INSTALL.
This will prevent such port from registering its installation in /var/db/
pkg, which is different behaviour from installing it from prebuilt
package (where it registers just fine).
IMHO not registering installation makes no sense and serves only to
confuse users (I've installed cups yet pkg_info claims I didn't!) and
causes unnecessary differences between software installed from ports vs
pkgs, which may lead to other unexpected problems (like missing
Thus I advocate for more uniform handling of ports and packages by
treating it as a bug and replacing any such use of NO_INSTALL with empty
do-install target. Maybe even add a note to Porter's Handbook (though I
see no reference to NO_INSTALL there).
If anyone has some insightfull comments why NO_INSTALL is not evil then
I'm all ears.
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