[HEADS UP] Ports Infrastructure Changes

Jason Helfman jhelfman at e-e.com
Thu Mar 24 16:46:44 UTC 2011

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 04:41:33PM +0000, Anton Shterenlikht thus spake:
>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.

I was referring to the change of the original idea of this thread regarding
the splitting up of www, respectively. This thread has dealt with a plethora
of changes.


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