Mk/ missing CSH tag

Rob Farmer rfarmer at
Thu Nov 18 18:39:55 UTC 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:08, Eir Nym <eirnym at> wrote:
> On 18 November 2010 21:00, Rob Farmer <rfarmer at> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 09:25, Eir Nym <eirnym at> wrote:
>>> Firstly, it is optional part.
>> You didn't answer my question:
>> .if exists(/bin/csh)
>> CSH?=   /bin/csh
>> .else
>> CSH?=   # What goes here?
>> .endif
> nope, only CSH?= /bin/csh without any other checks.

That's exactly what the posted patch does - yet you complained about it:

"Your patch should check if tcsh is in system"

> Port should check if ${CSH} is exits in the system.
> And there no replacement in ports tree for this.
> And this variable can be in Makefile for port because it is uncommon.

That's a reasonable argument, which is why I suggested Oliver ask here
about if this would be a good idea. Though, personally, I am inclined
to disagree, given some of the other stuff in there.

>> And I'm aware it can be dropped using a knob. But I don't think port
>> maintainers should be expected to support anything other than a full
>> base system. This port needs csh, so it will fail if you don't have
>> csh.
>>> and I can rewrite build script to
>>> make(1) or at least shell script
>> Ok, great. But you are still basically saying that certain base system
>> utilities should be off limits because you have chosen to remove them
>> from your system.
> If you want, you can remove tcsh(1) from your system using
> WITHOUT_TCSH in src.conf(5) with rebuilding system, and then removing
> obsolete files.

Sure - but this kind of thing isn't really supported - many of the
knobs are rarely used and it is very easy to find stuff that breaks.

Rob Farmer

More information about the freebsd-ports mailing list