Upgrade Tool

Brooks Davis brooks at one-eyed-alien.net
Thu May 4 18:39:40 UTC 2006

On Thu, May 04, 2006 at 12:57:27PM -0400, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> On Thu, May 04, 2006 at 11:41:55AM +0200, Ulrich Spoerlein wrote:
> > Aren Olvalde Tyr wrote:
> > > Perhaps it would be good, if, say on the corresponding port entry on the 
> > > FreeBSD ports webpage, it listed all the options used for building the binary 
> > > package. For example, for the "Package" link, instead of simply linking to 
> > > the package, it could link to a page entry listing all of the build options 
> > > used, with the package download link at the bottom. Or something like that. 
> > > 
> > > Just an idea. What do people think? 
> > 
> > I'd even go further. This is something I have been thinking about on and
> > off. Namely, a FLAVOUR system for packages. A maintainer specifies up to
> > three FLAVOURs per port, which set various flags for building the port.
> In FreeBSD land these are called "slave ports", and you can have as
> many as you like.  I don't have any interest in adding a separate
> "flavour" system in parallel to this.

With MPI based parallel code there are times where I think a flavor
system might scale better, but I haven't done the work to expose the
non-scaling yet.  The problem is that we've got ~5 versions of MPI
in the tree, but each one of those really should be buildable with
different C and Fortran compilers so you could easily see 50+ MPIs.
Multiple each applicaiton by that and things get crazy. :)

-- Brooks

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