Subject: Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc
To: Richard Rauch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 05/28/2000 14:22:36
[ On Sunday, May 28, 2000 at 05:32:17 (-0500), Richard Rauch wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc
> Possibly the dependancies are made so tight because that's all that the
> pkg creator is able to test? It _is_ a serious problem, I agree.
> The problem, I think, is that creators of pkgsrc dependancies have to
> choose between being lax (risking the construction of packages that don't
> work, or that have subtle problems) vs. being too strict (requiring extra
> updates of packages). I suspect that not many pkg creators are in a
> position to really test out which versions are required, and simply record
> the versions that _they_ have and that _they_ believe to work.
> If you believe that a restriction is too tight, perhaps you cand send-pr a
> patch to the package?
You can't make much choice when you're using shared libraries without
having intimate knowledge of the API of the library (something pkgsrc
maintainers should *not* have to trouble themselves with).
However if all packages were statically linked with all non-system
libraries then you don't even have to declare any install or runtime
dependencies at all in the first place -- just build-time ones.
Greg A. Woods
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