portmaster comments

Andriy Gapon avg at freebsd.org
Wed Mar 16 14:25:43 UTC 2011

on 14/03/2011 02:45 Doug Barton said the following:
> BTW, the reason I'm not amenable to your suggestion in 2 is that only a few
> developer-types actually care about this, and that doesn't justify the code
> complexity. Just be thankful I didn't go with my first instinct, which was to 'rm

I still think that this feature is implemented incorrectly.
First, it's silent - it's not documented or advertised in run-time (e.g. "now
cleaning...").  Second, there is no way to turn it off.  Third, I think it's kind
of useless as is, because a person intelligent enough to use portmaster should
also know how to clean his/her WRKDIRPREFIX should it somehow grow.
Perhaps you have added this feature for your own benefit, but the way you did that
you tried to force your habits on other people, IMO.

Well, I know how to alter my local copy of portmaster and you are its author and
maintainer, so I have nothing else to add :)

Andriy Gapon

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