Subject: Re: pkgsrc sickness
To: Jukka Marin <email@example.com>
From: Aaron J. Grier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/21/2002 12:13:09
On Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 10:24:59AM +0300, Jukka Marin wrote:
> I wanted to install sane-frontends. BIG mistake! This required
> updating the pth library, which in turn deleted "small" things like
> mrproject, kde, ghostscript, gqmpeg etc etc etc and etc.
> Instead of installing a small piece of software, my machine will now
> be useless for one or two days (provided that no pkg build fails).
> I still like the pkgsrc system, the this particular misfeature I hate.
it drives me crazy too, especially on my 40MHz decstation, but I believe
it is much preferable to not having any dependency checking at all.
I wonder if pkg_info could be modified to walk the package dependency
tree to give a rough idea of what packages would need to be updated if
the given one were updated. it would be a recursive version of pkg_info
-R. this wouldn't help if the updated package in pkgsrc had new
dependencies, but it would be a start...
Aaron J. Grier | "Not your ordinary poofy goof." | email@example.com
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