[HEADS UP] Ports Infrastructure Changes

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at bristol.ac.uk
Thu Mar 24 16:41:37 UTC 2011

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 09:23:22AM -0700, Jason Helfman wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:38:48AM -0500, Eitan Adler thus spake:
> >>you can then build category based directories with symlinks to the main
> >>location based on what categories
> >
> >My ports-mgmt/symports does something like this. It builds a full
> >directory tree of symlinks for the "secondary" categories.
> >
> >>I'm sure that something like this has been mentioned before. But I don't 
> >>see
> >>what else is going to stop
> >>the categorization issue popping up all of the time.
> >
> >If we alphabetized the ports then there would be constant conversation
> >about how whether or not we should categorize them.
> >
> >-- 
> >Eitan Adler
> When this change goes in, it may be a good idea to commit a documentation
> change, as well, that cleans up and adds the new categories here:
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/porters-handbook/makefile-categories.html

I'm against this change. I've never had any problems
with the way ports are categorised.

Also, refuse file is arranged in categories,
so I can, and often do, remove the whole categories
of ports from my /usr/ports, e.g. languages which
I don't speak, or java, or whatever. Spending time
and energy on rearranging everything in alphabetic
order is a waste of time and will not help me
a bit.

Anton Shterenlikht
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