[ECFT] pkgng 0.1-alpha1: a replacement for pkg_install

Marcin Wisnicki mwisnicki+freebsd at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 13:19:02 UTC 2011

On Sat, 26 Mar 2011 10:22:50 +0000, Baptiste Daroussin wrote:

> This can still be discussed but I don't really like the idea that users
> may alter packages an installation/extraction time, that would lead to
> lots of potential buggy installation and report.

That's why list of alterations have to be recorded and relevant tools 
would mark such packages appropriately. Using filters would be considered 
unsupported (unless maintainer of particular port/package says otherwise).
It's no different than doing unsupported things right now, just giving 
user more tools.
Besides, examples mentioned by me like removing docs and unused 
translations are rather safe and save significant amount of disk space.

> If user aren't happy
> with the packaging, they can poke the maintainer, send PR, patch etc.

That's not possible unless user is willing to build packages himself.
Actually I would rather not have build time options for things that can 
just as well be performed during installation.
Hacking makefiles to implement NOPORTDOCS is quite more complicated than 
setting a glob pattern.

There is also one very important use case I didn't mention before.
Such filters could serve as a hooking point for configuration management 
system. It makes it possible to capture config files as they are installed 
and perform backups, merges, check-in to vcs etc.

> regards,
> Bapt
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