Upgrade suggestion

Chuck Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Mon Mar 26 23:55:57 UTC 2007

On Mar 26, 2007, at 4:40 PM, Gary Kline wrote:
> 	Hi Folks,
> 	Last night it struck me that one reason I constantly find new
> 	ports to upgrade is that with ~17K ports, if you're running one
> 	of the more common desktop managers and several popular apps,
> 	there are going to be at least a dozen minor tweaks every day.

Possibly, for a very busy program with multiple authors actively  
making changes.  Normally, projects accumulate such changes and only  
release point version updates perhaps every month or so, and most  
have updates available much less often than that.

> 	E.g.:going from foo-1.6.7_2  to foo-1.6.7_3.

Portrevision bumps commonly happen when an underlying dependency  
changes; you generally don't get any changes to foo itself, unless  
the program version itself changes.

>         I used to run
> 	port[upgrade|manager] twice/week.  Was swamped; recently,
> 	upgrading things daily.   Since a lot of the wm ports take
> 	> 24 hours to build/re-build, I'm pretty much wedged.   Thus
> 	this suggestion  (for all port/package upgrade suites):
> 	have a flag, say 'u' for "urgent" when *foo*" goes from
> 	foo-1.6.7 to -1.6.8  or else when/if foo makes a critical
> 	fix.

There's an easier way: you can probably wait to rebuild ports until  
you see something listed in portaudit's output, or you know you want  
to update something being actively used to a specific known version  
that you need.

> 	I Would've loved to have joined into the Coding ``love-in''
> 	this coming summer,  but my shoulder said,  "ARE YOU AN IDIOT!"
> 	so not now.   Besides, other tasks await.
> 	Flames to /dev/null,guys; rational responses see-vous-play.
> 	gary
> 	....Still trying to learn French :-)

"Donnez-moi tout mais le temps..."  -- Napoleon


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