Subject: crossreferencing .broken files?
To: None <>
From: Brook Milligan <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/18/2001 08:30:52
It occurred to me as I was browsing through the output of a bulk build
that it might be useful for the .broken files to crossreference each
other via a link.  For example, when a package is marked "broken" and
the .broken file is copied into the pkgstat directory, it would seem
that lines like

	BULK> py-expect-1.9b1 (devel/py-expect) is broken because it depends upon tcl-expect-5.33.0 (lang/tcl-expect) which is broken.

could be modified to add a link for part of the "depends upon ..."
clause.  Then, one could start with a package marked as "broken
depends" and trace directly the chain of depends back to the root
cause just be following the links in the .broken files.  This might
make the bulk build output more useful.  

Is this a useful idea, or would the extra clutter of links in the
.broken files make it worse.