Subject: Re: how to install -current?
To: Alan Barrett <>
From: Ronald van der Pol <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/22/2003 10:23:38
On Wed, Jan 22, 2003 at 10:50:33 +0200, Alan Barrett wrote:

> My biggest gripe about is that some of the options that set
> simply set the variables, whereas others have the side effect of
> implying actions to be performed (-R RELEASEDIR, -i INSTALLWORLDDIR).  I
> would prefer it if the options that set variables did not have any side
> effects.  For example, I want to be able to say "set RELEASEDIR to this
> value" without also implying "make release".  This would make it much
> easier to write wrappers around

Agreed, (-R RELEASEDIR, -i INSTALLWORLDDIR) are confusing.

> My second biggest gripe (which might be a subset of the above) is about
> the fact that the "-i INSTALLWORLDDIR" option implies making a release,
> instead of just installing an already-built release.  OK, you can force
> it to be sensible by saying "-b -i INSTALLWORLDDIR" instead of just "-i
> INSTALLWORLDDIR", but it's easy to forget.

Ah, I did not know that effect of '-b'. I know I once tried
'-i INSTALLWORLDDIR' and it did not do what I expected :-)