interactive ports - the plague

Jesper Louis Andersen jesper.louis.andersen at
Tue Mar 4 18:49:31 UTC 2008

I am not sure it would solve the particular problem, but one could take a
look at how NetBSDs pkgsrc
build system copes with licenses in general:

For each license type, there is a knob. The knob could normally be
interactive, yielding the exact
same behaviour as now. But if an appropriate ACCEPT_LICENSE_FOO=Yes is found
in make.conf,
then the user has read and accepted that particular license type once and
for all.

The downside is that this requires a considerable amount of work and
thought. What should happen
when the license changes, for instance.

On Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 8:57 PM, Mark Linimon <linimon at> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 09:12:37AM -0800, pjd wrote:
> > With me the JDK ports stop and demand I manually download the files,
> which
> > is even more irritating
> Given Sun's licensing requirements, what is your suggestion?
> mcl
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