Single-Letter Port Names

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Apr 21 01:45:56 PDT 2004

On Wed, Apr 21, 2004 at 10:29:30AM +0200, Dominik Epple wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2004 at 11:22:01AM -0400, Eric van Gyzen wrote:
> > > If you're reducing this to a single package, please do not have it
> > > default to *any* size, but require all users to set their size by some
> > > means at install or run time.  An environment variable in /etc/profile
> > > (or similar) should be good enough for this, and could possibly
> > > benefit other ports too.
> Perhaps this does not fit here, but:
> One of the most annoying things that can happen when doing sth like a
> "portupgrade -ra" (or similar) is when a port thinks it should ask the
> user a question and therefore the machine idles for, say, worst case,
> some days waiting for the user to select a paper size or whatever.
> I usually do not sit in front of a computer while it is recompiling
> all its packages, and when I check back and find the machine waiting
> for input instead of having completed the upgrade, I am annoyed.

Set the BATCH variable when you don't want to build interactive ports,
then set INTERACTIVE when you're ready to go back and build the
interactive ones.

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