Subject: Re: texinfo files
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 09/25/1998 18:14:29
[ On Fri, September 25, 1998 at 14:08:20 (-0400), Todd Vierling wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: texinfo files
> This was addressed with netatalk and coda too; if we ship it, it must _all_
> work out of the box. If that means leaving out texi2dvi, so be it.
"work" is *always* a relative definition....
> The pkg system is made for users who aren't yet knowledgeable enough to do
> their own compiles and dependency installation and so forth. In the pkg
> system, of course, this is easy to take care of. Otherwise, the user should
> know `well, I don't have it, so I should probably install it'.
I doubt we'll see third party software intended for non-NetBSD platforms
be compatible with pkg_* any time in the near term, if ever.
> : Adding a stub script includes the depdency in the base. It's an
> : elegant, perfectly legitimate, and widely accepted solution to this
> : problem.
> It's not NetBSD's accepted solution.
Why not? Where are policies like this written so folks like me can find
out about them before having otherwise good ideas shot down with a
simple "we don't do that" reply? Is NetBSD somehow "special", or
"above" solutions others consider perfectly acceptable? Who creates,
approves, and modifies all these policies of NetBSD's?
Greg A. Woods
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