Why not install libinstall.a?

Jona Joachim walkingshadow at grummel.net
Fri Feb 23 11:48:53 UTC 2007

I plan to write a GUI for the FBSD ports collection. I wrote a sketch
of it in Python to see what I should look like and how it should work.
At some point I needed a way to see whether a port is outdated or not
and so I took a look at how other tools implement the version
comparison function. version_cmp in
src/usr.sbin/pkg_install/lib/version.c is exactly what I need. Then I
saw that a library is created (libinstall.a) during buildworld with this
and a whole bunch of other interesting functions that may interest
developers of ports management tools. My question: why don't you
install this library into /usr/lib/ ?


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