pkg 1.4 freeze please test test test!

Allan Jude allanjude at
Tue Oct 28 23:27:09 UTC 2014

On 2014-10-28 19:19, Baptiste Daroussin wrote:
> Hi all,
> We are starting the release process of pkg 1.4, we want to have a better release
> process than with every single previous version of pkg. For that we will need
> you help!
> pkg-devel has been updated to the latest version of pkg as of alpha2.
> Changes you can expect in pkg 1.4 are the following:
> - Loads of bug fixes
> - Stricter checking of the path passed via the plist
> - Removal of the bundled libyaml
> - new --raw-format to chose the output format for info -R and search -R
> - ABI is now follwing MACHINE_ARCH (freebsd:10:x86:64 become FreeBSD:10:amd64)
>   the old ABI is available as a fallback in ALTABI
> - pkg check now support a quiet mode
> - new 3 way merge code ("stolen" from the fossil-scm) to allow automerging
>   configuration files
> - new @config keyword to mark a file as a config file (during
>   upgrade/reinstallation it will try to merge the configuration with the one the
>   user may have modified) an option AUTOMERGE is available to prevent
>   automerging if automerge fails a .pkgnew file will be created along with the
>   untouched user version of the configuration
> - The update procedure has been improved and speed up a lot (in particular for
>   machine with low resources)
> - The unique identifier has been modified to be pkgname meaning now ports can be
>   moved in new categories without having to be considered a different package
> - Only libraries starting by lib* are added to the provided libraries
> - General speed up of all operations
> We need help in testing, but we also need help in writing regression tests !
> The more we have tests the more stable the releases will be.
> The release will also allow to be able to package base!
> regards,
> Bapt

Naming the option 'AUTOMERGE' when it stops the automatic merging, seems
like a really bad idea. Either make it AUTOMERGE=false or NOAUTHMERGE or

Allan Jude

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