How to port something requiring different versions depending on
freebsd at bitfreak.org
Sun Apr 25 23:51:08 UTC 2010
I maintain the sysutils/3dm port. The port installs a binary-only
package provided by 3ware (now LSI). The binary provided is a 5.4-R,
static-linked binary which requires KSE. Because it's static-linked,
there is no legacy KSE support workaround.
Yes, LSI is aware of the problem.
No, they haven't fixed it yet (they don't officially support 8.0).
No, I can't get source.
Yes, the port is currently marked BROKEN for RELENG_8 and later.
Here's my dilemna:
If I install the latest version of 3dm2, the port won't run on RELENG_8
and later. If I install v2.01.09.004 (the last version that doesn't
require KSE), the port will run on all versions of FreeBSD but lack
proper support for current-model cards--the 9690 and 9750 series.
Detect the OS version, install the latest version if running <8.x and
install 2.01.09.004 if >=8.x. I can't find anything in the Porter's
Handbook that explicitly says NOT to do this. Wesley Shields (wxs) says
this "seems like a bad idea" without further qualification. The only
thing I could think of is the automated ports QA and packaging; however,
those are moot because LSI requires pre-download agreement to a license
which prohibits redistribution.
A regular 3dm2 port marked BROKEN for >=8.0 that follows the latest
version and a 3dm2-legacy port kept at v2.01.09.004. When LSI manages
to rework whatever it is 3ware decided requires KSE, I'll unBROKEN 3dm2
and retire 3dm2-legacy. That seems like lot of work for what will
(hopefully) be a short-lived workaround just to avoid the first option.
It also creates two ports for the same piece of software--a solution
that seems inelegant.
So, which approach should I take? I'm fine with option 2 if someone
explains why option 1 is a bad idea. If I get no response, I'll do
For those of you with excellent memories, yes, this was mentioned before
(the prior thread's subject is "Installing a different PORTVERSION based
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