ident strings in pkg-plist
Alexander at Leidinger.net
Mon Oct 4 11:33:51 UTC 2010
Quoting Doug Barton <dougb at FreeBSD.org> (from Sun, 03 Oct 2010
> Changing the list to have a real discussion about this.
> On 10/3/2010 3:49 PM, John Hein wrote:
>> I'll mention that
>> it has come in handy for me in the past. I put it into the category
>> of ident strings in binaries. It has a similar utility.
>> Because I find it useful in maintaining and using a port/package,
>> I've been one that has added it to pkg-plist in the past.
> I'm curious about what your use case for the information is. You can
> always know if you have the latest version of the plist via cvs,
> c[v]sup, portsnap, etc. Other than knowing that you have the latest
> version, what utility does the $Id string in the file itself have?
I see a value in this if:
- you use a port with non-default options which change the plist
- a change is made to the plist which affects your use case,
but the revision of the port is not changed (because the change
only affects the non-default options and as such do not change
the default package)
Normally you can not detect after a while if the plist in the port is
what is used in /var/db/pkg or not (the dates in /var/db/pkg may
change when portupgrade is used).
If this matters and rectifies a new rule to include an ident string
into the plist or not... personally I wouldn't object if it is added.
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