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Re: pkg/42704: Adding support for bmake as a pkgsrc tool (ala gmake)
The following reply was made to PR pkg/42704; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: David Holland <dholland-pbugs%netbsd.org@localhost>
Subject: Re: pkg/42704: Adding support for bmake as a pkgsrc tool (ala
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:35:14 +0000
On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 11:35:01PM +0000, Robert Elz wrote:
> At the minute, when a few feature is added to make, /usr/src gets
> to use it 5 minutes later. pkgsrc probably has to wait 5 years
> (two full release cycles, at least) - before then you cannot assume
> the system make in a supported system has the new feature. That's
> very hard to do, especially for new developers who have no idea
> that this particular feature is new (or within 2 releases new).
> That's the primary advantage of allowing devel/bmake as a supported
> tool I think, and given just how small the change is, I'd suggest
> it is one well worth making.
I'd agree, FWIW.
Although maybe USE_TOOLS isn't the right framework, since what we're
really after is a conditional dependency based on whether the system
make is new enough for the package.
Maybe "new enough" can be construed globally though...
David A. Holland
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