Second "RFC" on pkg-data idea for ports

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Apr 14 16:08:28 PDT 2004

On Wed, Apr 14, 2004 at 04:15:51PM -0400, Garance A Drosihn wrote:
> At 1:33 PM +0200 4/14/04, Dirk Meyer wrote:
> >Garance A Drosihn schrieb:,
> >
> >> I wasn't looking for XML per se, so much as just something that
> >> would be easy for a program to process.  This should allow for
> >> pretty arbitrary text for the values of each section, in the
> >> same way that the present plain-files would accept anything.
> >> No need for \'s to escape double-quote characters, or worries
> >> about embedded ${} or any other characters which might be
> >> special to make or to /bin/sh.
> >
> >A Makefile is very easy to process.
> >We have all the tools for this.
> I noticed how easy it was when the pkg-comment -> COMMENT
> change broke the ports tree.  That's exactly what got me
> thinking about this project in the first place.
> I'm sorry, but I really don't think it's the right format for
> storing and manipulating arbitrary data.  Yes, you can pound
> any value into make variables if you hammer hard enough, but
> for some kinds of (arbitrary) data I (personally) think it's
> too much effort for too little reward.

You have to compare one-time effort in making the transition with
ongoing effort in using a more difficult system.

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