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Re: Package options dialog

On 05/06/18 05:22, Mayuresh wrote:
On Sat, May 05, 2018 at 02:31:03PM -0500, Jason Bacon wrote:
Has anyone looked into providing something like FreeBSD's dailog4ports for
selecting package options?
Not too many would disagree in *nix world that interactivity for long
batch oriented jobs is not such a great idea.


Which is why FreeBSD ports has "make -DBATCH".

I would agree that the dialogs can get annoying and should not be enabled by default, as they are in FreeBSD ports.

People seem to be making assumptions about my intent instead of clarifying, though.

I'm not suggesting that we insert a mandatory dialog into every package build, just offer an optional, user-friendly interface for controlling options.

I doesn't even have to be integrated into pkgsrc, but if it were, I would only invoke it under a deliberate command like "make config".

I'm trying to make the system more attractive to Joe Scientist. Many researchers have very few or no IT staff and limited Unix skills.  They need the ability to install software by themselves and pkgsrc can be enormously helpful, especially if we provide more user-friendly tools.



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