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Re: Package options dialog

On 06.05.2018 15:06, Jason Bacon wrote:
> 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.
>> Mayuresh.
> 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.

I recommend to struggle for sane defaults in binary packages and leave
package options for advanced or motivated users only.

This approach works well in the Linux world. There are options in e.g.
RPM packages, but nobody is using them.

> Regards,
>     JB

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