Ports Re-engineering: Semi-official statement of scope and schedule

Aryeh M. Friedman aryeh.friedman at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 23:07:53 PST 2007

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Doug Barton wrote:
> Perhaps it's implicit somewhere in your stuff, but one thing that I
>  have not seen mentioned is along the lines of what Mike Makonnen
> is doing with his prototype new installer. Namely divorcing the
> parts of the system that do the work and the UI.
> http://docs.freebsd.org/cgi/getmsg.cgi?fetch=627025+0+current/freebsd-current
> Irrespective of the perceived value of any of the other goals, this
>  kind of work would really add value to the system, since it would
> allow for building fancier front ends, including HTML, X
> applications, etc.

We started with a fairly modular design concept and the more I look at
it the more modular it needs to be.

>> From my perspective (as someone writing tools to interact with
>> the ports
> system) a well defined API for interacting with the system would be
>  enormously valuable, and spur further innovation. I also think
> that the work to define the API would go a long way toward helping
> to structure the system.
> hth,
> Doug

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