portmanager modifying bsd.port.mk

Chuck Robey chuckr at telenix.org
Mon Mar 9 19:33:44 PDT 2009

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Robert Noland wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-03-09 at 21:00 -0400, Chuck Robey wrote:
> RW wrote:
>>>> On Sun, 08 Mar 2009 14:40:08 -0400
>>>> Chuck Robey <chuckr at telenix.org> wrote:
>>>>> Here's the portmanager listing, maybe someone here can tell me what's
>>>>> causing portmanager to want to patch my bsd.port.mk, and why the
>>>>> patchfile should be so far off, and what might be the CORRECT way to
>>>>> fix this.  Oh, BTW, I run current, and keep myself that way via cvsup.
>>>> IIRC the patch was made so that when portmanager built a port, the
>>>> makefile would call back into  portmanager to let it modify the
>>>> dependencies. Portmanager had a major rewrite just before the  original
>>>> author had a row with some FreeBSD people and abandoned the project.
>>>> AFAIK the feature wasn't yet used, so it doesn't matter if the patch
>>>> doesn't apply since it's a null operation.
> Ahh, I didn't realize that portmanager was moribund.  OK, I can figure out what
> to do from here, then, thanks.  I might not like the method being used by
> portmanager very much, but it's not worth complaining about a dead port.  Too
> many other choices, aren't there?
>> It's not exactly dead... I keep it running, because it is still the best
>> available option.

Just before sending my mail, I took a look at the cvs log, last entry is from
more than 6 months ago, unless something is somehow fubared with my archive.  If
it sits unchanged for so long, I interpreted that as being dead, I wasn't trying
to be insulting, maybe I made an incorrect assumption.

The patch I saw in the bsd.port.mk was there in order to add in a couple of
Makefile variables, and that just seems a really odd method to use for that
purpose.  I don't honestly know how portmanager works, so I couldn't give any
meaningful criticism, it just seemed so odd that I couldn't figure out the goal
behind it.

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