texinfo vs. emacs...

Jim Trigg jtrigg at spamcop.net
Sat Jun 22 01:37:53 UTC 2013

On Fri, June 21, 2013 3:46 pm, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 21/06/2013 20:11, Jim Trigg wrote:
>> OK, is there a way to do this for specific ports so that an
>> administrator
>> can approve specific combinations of ports without giving blanket
>> permission?
> No, unfortunately there isn't.  Given that you need root permissions to
> install packaged software in any case, it would be impossible to enforce
> any selectivity like that.

I didn't see this as necessarily more difficult than doing similar things
in make.conf (either old-style or optionsNG)...

> Besides which, two or more ports installing a file in the same place is
> a bug, when those ports might reasonably be installed on the same system
> simultaneously.  The old pkg_tools were incredibly lax about such
> things, so there hasn't been sufficient impetus to clean up such
> occurrences.

My point is that if an admin runs into a bug between one pair of ports and
installs this workaround, s/he won't see similar bugs between other pairs
of ports to report them.  If there were a way to specify this at the port
level (something like "ignore conflicts with these other ports"), that
would give a workaround for known bugs without masking not-yet-known bugs.


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