Limitations of Ports System

Aryeh M. Friedman aryeh.friedman at
Thu Dec 13 14:36:11 PST 2007

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John Birrell wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 13, 2007 at 03:00:54PM -0500, Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:
>> That is why I plan to use xorg as the test case for the new system....
>> namely if it builds xorg in the most efficent way possible then it
>> will be considered good enough for release
> You need to pick a much more complicated set of dependencies than
> Xorg.
> You should analyse the dependency tree across all ports and then
> take into account what happens when source changes occur
> unsynchronised.
> Take things like those that depend on the various Qt ports. You will
> see that some depend on Qt3 and others on Qt4.
> Then consider things that depend on the documentation ports.
> Please do not fall into the trap of simplifying the requirements
> and then finding a simpler solution.

I was not planning to skimp on the requirements at all but the test
case is xorg... i.e. I will do my best to not compermise on
features/requirements but xorg meets several criteria for being a good
test (out of order building, alt. depends, large but seperatable DAG)

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