Subject: Re: User-level pkg documentation?
To: None <Havard.Eidnes@runit.sintef.no>
From: Frederick Bruckman <email@example.com>
Date: 07/16/1999 05:01:40
On Fri, 16 Jul 1999 Havard.Eidnes@runit.sintef.no wrote:
> - Some of the targets used in source installs are a little
> deviant from the normal behaviour. E.g. "make install" does
> not always install, "make deinstall" does not always deinstall
> the program (it rather usually tells you to manually do
> pkg_delete -- why can't make do that instead?)
"make deinstall" won't delete on older version of the package; maybe
> - pkg_info. Hm. There's no easy way that I've found to get
> complete information dumped about a package without having to
> know the exact version installed.
"pkg_info -RrBb foo\*" gives lots of info about whatever version of
package "foo" that happens to be installed. (You just have to escape
the "*" for your shell.)
> (What triggered this was the recent introduction of the
> checksums file for the patches.)
For the patch-sums, the only extra step needed is "make makepatchsum".
I'm basically in the same boat you are, a user/contributor. I too find
the documentation somewhat difficult to absorb. I end up using "make
-V variable" a lot, but I prefer grep'ing through the *.pkg.mk files
over "make -d". Hope that helps.