LATEST_LINK not in index

Dominic Fandrey kamikaze at
Fri Apr 3 06:49:12 PDT 2009

Pav Lucistnik wrote:
> Dominic Fandrey píše v pá 03. 04. 2009 v 11:46 +0200:
>> Pav Lucistnik wrote:
>>> Dominic Fandrey píše v st 01. 04. 2009 v 00:12 +0200:
>>>>> Upgrades are easy. Look up @comment ORIGIN line in +CONTENTS file of the
>>>>> port being upgraded, then look up this value in second column of INDEX
>>>>> file.
>>>> I don't see how this is connected to my question.
>>>> I want people to be able to use LATEST_LINK to identify ports,
>>>> e.g. apache for www/apache13, apache20 form www/apache20 and so
>>>> forth. LATEST_LINK is a unique identifier, unfortunately
>>>> neither recorded in the INDEX nor +CONTENTS.
>>>> Also, to read it from +CONTENTS (if it were there) I'd have to
>>>> know, which package is actually meant, which I don't know,
>>>> because this is the information I want to find out.
>>> Maybe you really want people to specify ports by ORIGIN, not by
>> Actually I want people to be able to do both. Since this is a
>> binary package only tool, I want people to be able to use the
>> same parameters as they'd be able to use with "pkg_add -r".
>> I have implemented some guessing by now and it fails very rarely.
>> But it's not the kind of solution I like.
> You could ls -l Latest/ directory on the ftp server and parse the
> output, but it's a huge hack..

That's actually trivial with netcat, I'm alread checking age and
size of the index file on the server to find out weather I need to
download a new copy. But the trouble is that I have
to download the package so that I can get the origin from the

Internally the origin is used as the package identifier to access
the index file. So I'd have to wait for the download before I
could do any dependency checking. Possible, but it feels clumsy.

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