interactive ports - the plague

Dominic Fandrey kamikaze at
Mon Mar 3 09:24:24 UTC 2008

I don't mind ports that use the config framework. You can deal with them 
without trouble by setting BATCH, using portmaster or portconfig-recursive 
from bsdadminscripts.

But I find ports like ghostscript-gpl that open an ncurses dialogue between 
configure and build stage very annoying. They are the reason one wakes up in 
the morning and finds out that instead of having finished all updates, the 
machine hasn't even started updating, because it's just hanging there, waiting 
with a config dialogue that doesn't even remember what I choose last time.

I cannot find any policy on interactive ports in the Porters' Handbook. Maybe 
there aught to be one.

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