Subject: Re: "make fetch" platform testing
To: Steven J. Dovich <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/29/1999 17:22:03
	Unfortunately it is complicated by cases such as www/navigator
	where the distfile differs between architectures...


On Fri, 29 Oct 1999, Steven J. Dovich wrote:

> I just got this result which seems a little counter-intuitive:
> 	$ cd pkgsrc/lang/japhar
> 	$ make fetch
> 	===>  japhar-0.08 does not work on NetBSD-1.4L-i386.
> 	$
> While the diagnostic may in fact be quite accurate, I was surprised
> that retrieving distfiles was platform dependent. If it isn't too
> much trouble, perhaps we could remove the test from the fetch
> target, or at least continue after the diagnostic.  I should note
> that "make fetch-list | sh" is a work-around, though not likely to
> occur to a significant portion of the pkgsrc target audience.
> I would not have even noticed this as a problem had I simply issued
> a "make" command, and relied on the dependencies to fetch the
> distfiles. Since I was only interested in retrieving the distfile
> (at that moment), and building at a later time, the situation seemed
> a bit bizarre.
> /sjd