Subject: Re: FLAVOR (was Re: RCD_SCRIPTS_DIR)
To: None <email@example.com>
From: avon barksdale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/23/2002 21:19:57
On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 06:18:17PM -0700, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> NetBSD already has package specific options for many packages.
What do you mean exactly? I don't think I made myself clear. OpenBSD
has something called the fake framework. What happens is the port
actually installs itself into a subdirectory of the work directory.
This is done by augmenting the environment a bit. It's really nice
because a package is then made by tarring up the files listed in PLIST.
Then the port is actually installed onto the system by extracting the
tarball/package. It's really nice because it makes PLIST management a
lot more simple (and accurate).
> Tell us more on how the FLAVOR system can help. If I understand correctly,
> it makes it so you can have a setting that is applicable for multiple
> Can you provide some examples of using FLAVOR(S) with NetBSD's pkgsrc
> and how it would make things easier?
Well take Mozilla for example. I don't want mail/news, ldap, or
chatzilla. For OpenBSD, it would like something like this:
FLAVORS= chatzilla debug dynamic mailnews
<not going to list all FLAVORs for the sake of brevity>
This is really helpful for applications which can use GNOME or just
plain GTK. If the default is to use gnome, then you're stuck building
all of the gnome core & libs. It's nice for increasing a users ability
to build software only with the options they want.
> (Also MULTI_PACKAGES looks interesting for creating multiple packages of
> same package each with different configs.)
Yes it ties in with FLAVOR quite a bit.
thanks for your comments.