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Re: pkg/41087 (OS_VERSION should be removed from PKGPATH)

The following reply was made to PR pkg/41087; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Aleksey Cheusov <>
         Aleksey Cheusov <>
Subject: Re: pkg/41087 (OS_VERSION should be removed from PKGPATH)
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 22:54:34 +0200

  >> What does come to mind is adding a dummy package whose version
  >> *is* the kernel version and having lsof depend on it. This would also
  >> solve the problem and be less messy.
 Such a special package and special dependency marks a package as "needs
 to be upgrade". PkgSrc is a cross-platforms packaging system.
 Therefore this type of dictate doesn't look to me like a real solution
 for all supported platforms.
 I'd prefer to see OSVERSION_SPECIFIC a part of pkg_summary(5) generated
 by "pkg_info -X".  Next step is to improve package manager, e.g.,
 pkg_chk.  That is, the idea is to _recommend_ an upgrade.
 P.S.  Reminder: ${OS_VERSION} as a part of PKGNAME makes a package
 broken due to special characters (e.g. `-') in OS_VERSION under Linux
 and probably other OSes too.
 Best regards, Aleksey Cheusov.

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