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Re: pkg/45559

The following reply was made to PR pkg/45559; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?J=F6rn_Clausen?= <>
Cc: Hans Rosenfeld <>,,,
Subject: Re: pkg/45559
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2011 13:34:46 +0100

 >   On what versions of SunOS do you see those problems? What version of the
 >   tools do they provide? What other packages do fail besides
 >   devel/gobject-introspection?
 $ uname -a
 SunOS pkgsrc-i86 5.10 Generic_142901-03 i86pc i386 i86pc
 $ /usr/sfw/bin/gmake --version
 GNU Make 3.80
 $ /usr/pkgsrc/head/bin/gmake --version
 GNU Make 3.82
 $ /usr/sfw/bin/gtar --version
 tar (GNU tar) 1.22
 $ /usr/pkgsrc/head/bin/gtar --version
 tar (GNU tar) 1.26
 I have seen this problem only with devel/gobject-introspection, but I 
 wasn't able to update any packages lately. Anyway, I see this more as a 
 general issue, not something that should be solved package by package.
 >   I have not seen any problems w.r.t. tools on Solaris 10u9. Maybe for older
 >   versions some tools should be explicitly excluded if they are known to
 >   cause problems. Another possibility would be to fix the few packages
 >   requiring specific versions of tools to actually check the version of
 >   native tools.
 Some suggestions:
 - Provide clean definitions (with et al.) for these tools, so 
 that it is possible to define a minimal version in depending packages.
 - Define a single variable "USE_SFW" that can be set to "YES" or "NO".
 - Define a new architecture "OpenSol" that has other rules than "SunOS".
 Personally, I don't see what is gained by using the tools from /usr/sfw 
 instead of building them from pkgsrc. Reasons for native packages IMHO 
 are 1) They are large and have many dependencies (not the case for the 
 tools we are talking about) or 2) They provide vendor support (e.g. 
 special purpose hardware) that is not available via pkgsrc. This is also 
 not the case.
   Jörn Clausen                    
   Universität Bielefeld

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