Subject: Re: distinfo files for multiple architectures
To: Alistair Crooks <>
From: Thomas Klausner <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 05/08/2001 18:12:17
Mutt made me believe that Alistair Crooks wrote:
> I've not been aware of any packages with this behaviour before now
> (which doesn't prove anything except I'm growing old and forgetful).

openssl does something very similar (though it's not exactly the same
problem, I think one could apply all patches in all cases -- but I
don't care enough, and I don't have a Solaris pkgsrc to test on).

> 1. arch-specific distinfo files (I'm not a fan of this because I'd like
> to get away from specialised customised things).
> 2. special handling within distinfo itself. (I loathe this idea, included
> only for completeness)
> 3. Perhaps split the package into two architecture-specific packages?
> 4. Something else I've not thought about.

4a. Do it like openssl. I don't really like that, though.

4b. Do it like citrix does right now, BUT use only one distfile -- how?
Easy: Just rename the patches of one set to patch-ac and patch-ad (or
some other non-taken extension). pkgsrc doesn't currently complain if
it has checksums in the distinfo for which it doesn't find patches.
That way we'd at least have only one distinfo, and it seems cleaner to
me than the current solution for openssl.


Thomas Klausner -