Subject: Re: "make update" thought...
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Rene Hexel <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/16/1999 07:40:21
Hubert Feyrer wrote:

> What about any required packges (dependencies)?
> You'll have to install them to build the new package, and for
> that you'll  have to remove the old dependencies first. Doesn't
> seem to buy much, sorry.

  Hmm, IMHO there are several TODO's for the update target:

  * better support for resuming an interrupted 'make update'.  At
    least, we should prevent the user from calling 'make update'
    w/o REINSTALL=1 a second time (this should only work after a
    'make clean'), and issue an apropriate warning.

  * A downstream 'clean-update' (or whatever) target that works
    like 'clean-depends', but in the other direction.

  * A way of automatically updating dependencies (upstream) as
    well.  This might open a can of worms, and I'm not quite
    sure yet how to do this.  For starters, we could make that
    optional, e.g., through a UPDATE_DEPENDS=1 switch.

  * A way of fetching files first, before running 'pkg_delete'.
    This could either be done automatically (through a two-pass
    mechanism) or through an 'update-fetch-list' target.

  Any comments?