Ports installation, knobs, etc (Was: Ports conflicts: `lib/libiberty.a')

Lev Serebryakov lev at FreeBSD.org
Sun Oct 12 01:56:33 PDT 2003

Hello, Ade!
Sunday, October 12, 2003, 2:53:52 AM, you wrote:

AL> On Friday, Oct 10, 2003, at 02:04 US/Pacific, Lev Serebryakov wrote:
>>   I don't think, it is good idea to "CONFLICTS=" all these binutils &
>>   gcc. May be, we need some "general" patch (like libtool's one) to
>>   disable installation of this library? Something like
>>   In port makefile?

AL> No.  Please no.  Oh lordy, no.  The maze of options, variables, hacks, 
AL> and other bits and pieces needs to be reduced, not increased.  It's a 
AL> staggeringly complex ball of wax already.
  It is good point.

  And here are many unique-for-port knobs... and not all maintainers
  make `pre=everything:' target to describe all these knobs...

  It seems, that we need some mechanism to describe such knobs
  automatically, like autoconf's AC_ARG_WITH or something like this.

  And my sweet dream: install ports to /var/... with port's
  (distfile's) `[g]make install' target, and then copy files to real
  prefix according to pkg-plist. It could solve MANY problems:
  automatic conflicts warning, easy skipping of unneeded files, etc...

  95% of ports allows such trick without many additional work: all
  autroconf's and Makefile.PL ports supports installation outside of
  configured prefix (gmake/make INSTALL_PREFIX=... install or
  something like this), and many other ports with good makefiles
  supports such operation too...

  RedHat's RPM works in such way. But it have many other drawbacks,
               Lev Serebryakov

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