Second "RFC" on pkg-data idea for ports

Eivind Eklund eivind at
Tue Apr 13 06:32:13 PDT 2004

Please keep me in the Cc: list - I don't normally read ports@

On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 11:40:59PM -0400, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> The basic idea is to collapse many of the separate files for a
> port into a single pkg-data file.  The web pages explain why I
> think this might be worth doing.  Please check them out at:

There are two issues I immediately see (just to keep in mind during
(1) The ability to do annotations and diffs on the patches themselves is
    fairly important.  This ability can be kept even if they are
    assembled into a single file, but it requires that they are kept
    in a line-oriented format inside the assembled file.

(2) If you do not use XML, you don't have to use a format that is
    "XML-like" - you can use e.g. significant indentation to make the
    format easier to read and edit.  YAML ( is an
    example of a markup format that is based on this, and gives much
    lighter (and thus easier to manually edit) markup.

The ability to re-split the port into individual files for editing takes
care of most other development issues, I think.


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