The ports collection has some serious issues
list1 at gjunka.com
Sat Dec 17 14:52:20 UTC 2016
On 17/12/2016 13:22, Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 3:45 PM, John Marino <freebsd.contact at marino.st> wrote:
> Now, regarding synth: as I have already said, I have no special
> interest in package builders. I do need a tool to build and install
> the ports I use, and my current tool (portupgrade or manual building)
> still works for that.
> I might try synth in the future sometime, but for tools that I have no
> special interest in, I prefer that they are a bit more mature. I use
> my own "metric" to measure maturity of a tool - I read users's
> feedback in forums and mailinglists, and filter out PEBCACs and other
> "new user - new tool" issues. Based on that, I will consider using a
> tool when the discussions around it has quieted down to a reasonable
> level. All subjective, all by my own standards.
> If you still find this though to handle and an accusation, my
> suggestion would be for you to take a long holiday break from
> computers and spend time with friends and family.
> Best wishes for the holidays for everyone!
I believe the main point is that portupgrade/portmaster shouldn't be
used by default by newcomers to FreeBSD. It easily breaks and if you
have no knowledge about the system, you will post questions to this
list, which seems to be annoying people.
I tried to used portupgrade/portmaster in the past and whereas it's fine
with small amount of packages, is unusable when there is a few hundred
or thousand of them installed. Very often the build was leaving my
system messed up because some port only partially build and half of the
dependencies were reinstalled and the other half were not. There is no
undo in those tools. It's essentially press enter and pray.
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