Selecting at least one option out of multiple groups

Elizabeth Myers elizabeth at
Sun Feb 1 10:43:32 UTC 2015

On 02/01/15 00:55, Scot Hetzel wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:31 AM, Elizabeth Myers
> <elizabeth at> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am porting a piece of software (purple-plugin-pack) to FreeBSD. It
>> contains numerous plugins for Pidgin all under one pack (over 50). They
> Is this going to be one port that installs over 50 plugins (based on
> what is selected), or is it going to be over 50+1 ports?

I was thinking one port, since they come as a pack, and the idea of
adding over 50 ports to the tree is... well, that's 50 ports I'd have to
submit. That's quite an undertaking.

> +1 port (pidgin-purple-plugin-pack) [meta-port (see x11/kde4 for an example)]
>  - allows you to select which purple plugins to install (depends on
> selected pidgin-purple-plugin-* ports)

If there's a meta port, I guess it wouldn't matter if no plugins were
selected by it? I still think it'd be ideal to categorise them in the
meta port, at least by protocol/general use.

> over 50 ports
>  - individual port for each plugin (i.e.
>         graphics/pidgin-purple-plugin-album
>         net-im/pidgin-purple-plugin-autoprofile
>         net-im/pidgin-purple-plugin-autoreply
>         net-im/pidgin-purple-plugin-awaynotify
>         shells/pidgin-purple-plugin-bash
>         ...)
>  - allows individual plugins to be installed/de-installed without
> having to re-install the purple-plugin-pack

This is definitely appealing, I will admit.

> If you go the over 50+1 ports route, each port could have it's own
> option settings.

So far none of the plugins in the pack have their own option settings,
as far as I can tell. This does leave open the possibility, though.

Elizabeth Myers

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