Subject: Re: DESCR per operating system
To: None <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/13/2003 09:32:12
On Fri, 13 Jun 2003, Thomas Klausner wrote:

> > misc/splitvt

This says:

Note: users may want to take a look at /usr/bin/window (see ``man window'')
for a Free/NetBSD native version this type of program.

That is an example of something that could be moved to a DESCR.NetBSD and
DESCR.FreeBSD. (I think placing in MESSAGE it too late, because users
generally don't read that until after they install the software).

Other examples could be added for Postfix, Sendmail, tnftpd, tnftp, BIND,
et cetera, for DESCR.NetBSD. Simply saying soemthing like: "A version of
this software is already available in the default installation of NetBSD."
(But this is not needed, but may be helpful for some NetBSD users.)

> > I am sure there are many others. Some could just be rewritten. With others
> > a DESCR.NetBSD would be useful.
> I read the DESCRs for the packages you mentioned above, and fixed them where
> I found it necessary; I added a MESSAGE file for cdparanoia.

Thank you for fixing some of these, Thomas.

> I don't see a need for an opsys-specific DESCR either.

If they are all fixed then it probably isn't needed either. (When I have
time, I will provide some more to fix.)

> What opsys setting would you e.g. use for the web pages? (README.html)

I don't mean to get rid of the DESCR file. The regular DESCR contains the
default description that applies for all.

   Jeremy C. Reed