Why does everybody switch to dynamic plists?

Edwin Groothuis edwin at mavetju.org
Fri Jan 21 15:52:56 PST 2005

On Sat, Jan 22, 2005 at 12:03:56AM +0100, Alex Dupre wrote:
> Thierry Thomas wrote:
> >- if for some reason the port becomes uncomplete on certain platforms
> >or after an upgrade, because a file is not built, we don't notice it.
> > => 6 negative aspects.
> And if for any reason (=wrong logic on plist creation) the dynamic 
> package list includes some extraneous (maybe manually created) files, 
> they'll be deleted after an upgrade.
> => 7 negative aspects.

After seeing x11-wm/swm (thanks for flz at xbsd.org for pointing out):

- It removes the history of what a port installs. It's always nice
  to know what happened with installed files between port version

- It gives unnecessary copy-and-paste bloat in the pre-install/do-install
  targets in the ports Makefiles, with higher chances of failure
  to forget to install something.

=> 9 negative aspects. Who is going for the double digits?


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