Leonardo Taccari <leot%NetBSD.org@localhost> writes: > Hello Swift, > > Swift Griggs writes: >> >> https://www.netbsd.org/docs/pkgsrc/developers-guide.html >> >> When folks who are pkgsrc committers want definitive documentation on >> pkgsrc do they use this? Is it more or less up to date? I'm thinking I >> should read it "cover to cover" because I want to become more savvy at >> fixing my own pkgsrc woes etc... I also want to understand more of the >> nuances of problems which are discussed on the list. > > Yes, `The pkgsrc guide' is probably the best documentation about > it and reading it cover to cover (also the other parts!) is surely > a good way to learn using pkgsrc, maintaining packages and it also > gives a good overview about the pkgsrc infrastructure (the internals). I tend to read it by pkgsrc/doc/pkgsrc.txt, so I can just search with emacs. The other thing to read is the comments in the various mk files. Generally if you find yourself using such a file, you should read the introductory comments and maybe skim the rest. >> Given the number of changes I see in CVS, I also am wondering: >> >> Do folks coordinate mainly on the list or on IRC ? Which channels? >> freenode->netbsd ? > > For pkgsrc there is also #pkgsrc@Freenode. Most changes are uncontroversial and don't get discussed at all. I think that exxplains most of your perception. Often if someone is making a change that is more than trivial, and there is a MAINTAINER, that will be asked about in private mail. As in "I'm about to update foo to x.y, which seems like a minor update - is that ok wtih you?" and "Sure, thanks, I just didn't get to it". Discussion of anything high impact belongs on tech-pkg@. >> Are the high-impact changes (new compilers, new standards, etc..) made >> "out in the open" or do they mostly happen on IRC or with just a small >> cadre of folks discussing it off list? In theory, tech-pkg. >> Basically, I'm trying to square the large amount of work that gets done >> with the moderate to low amount of traffic on the list. You guys are all >> action right? *grin* >> [...] > > Probably a mixture of all of them! IRC, MLs (tech-pkg@ in particular). > I think that private communication is usually much more rare > (especially for high-impact changes!). Agreed. There is a norm in NetBSD that technical discussions should be on public lists.
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