Subject: Re: Volunteers wanted for NetBSD-FreshPorts interface
To: Hubert Feyrer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Dan Langille <email@example.com>
Date: 12/28/2000 15:55:18
On 28 Dec 2000, at 3:50, Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Dec 2000, Dan Langille wrote:
> > http://freshports.org/docs/cvs_commits.dtd
> > http://freshports.org/docs/commits.xml
> Just making a few uneducated comments - I'm not very familiar with XML and
> esp. DTD language:
Neither am I, so I've forwarded your comments to the person doing the XML work.
He'll see it when he gets back to the office.
> Hum, sounds like some fiddling, but as long as I'm not the one who has to
> do it... ;-)
Well, it was done first with awk (that's what FreshPorts uses now) and
now with perl (that's what it will use when the XML goes live).
> > FreshPorts needs to know if any of the following have changed:
> > Makefile, pkg-descr, pkg-comment. They contain information which
> > FreshPorts provides via the website. If those files change, they need to
> > bed extracted from the online repository and used to update the
> > FreshPorts database.
> OK. Please note that NetBSD still uses the "old" FreeBSD layout
> (pkg/DESCR, patches/patch-*, ...).
Thanks. That should be easily catered for. These files are only
referenced during the import of the XML. And each XML dataset
identifies the operating system from which it came.
> > BTW: once a commit is done, are the files immediately avaiable via
> > CVSweb?
> No. I don't know how often cvsweb is updated, sorry.
Hmmm, that may be a sticking point. FreshPorts assumes it can grab
the updated failes as soon as the commit message arrives.
> Anoncvs is update every 6 hours or so. And I think for what you wand
> (push-based updating), anoncvs would be best. At least the "cvs
> rdiff" commands in the NetBSD commit mails can be used 1:1 to retrieve
> patches. ;-)
Why would anoncvs be best? At present, when a commmit message is
received, the code does a fetch http://www.freebsd.org/...etc and grabs
the latest file as needed. This doesn't happen for every commit (only
those which involve the three files mentioned above).
> There's an archive of NetBSD commit messages at
> http://mail-index.netbsd.org/source-changes, the pkgsrc commits all have a
> subject of "CVS commit: pkgsrc". If you or whoever works on the mail2xml
> script wants to take a stab at parsing that, that would be cool. I figure
> it's probably rather easy to adopt an existing script, esp. when you're
> familiar with it. Ascii versions of these mails can be fetched from the
> (outdated :/) archive at
Thanks. I'm sure that the code for the FreeBSD => XML interface can
be released as a starting point.
> One difference between the message formats just came to me - NetBSD does
> not have a lines changed "-lines +lines" entry anywhere in that mail.
That's not necessary for FreshPorts. We have included more in the
DTD than is actually necessary.
> Let me know if I can be of any help...
You have been helpful already. thanks.
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