Subject: Re: Makefiles or So Many Ways Of Getting Package Versions
To: Frederick Bruckman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Rene Hexel <email@example.com>
Date: 10/01/2003 07:15:08
On Wednesday, October 1, 2003, at 06:26 AM, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
>> $ cd ...../category/package
>> $ make show-var VARNAME=PKGVERSION
> Forking all those make's is terribly slow. It would be fine by me if
> we were to insist on putting the package version near the top in plain
I don't think this is such a good idea. We have cases where
a number of packages share the same version (e.g. through a
Makefile.common) or where a package might be available in
different versions for different platforms (think Netscape).
If parsing makefiles is too complicated for getting package
versions, an alternative is to do a 'make readme' first. The
resulting README.html should be easy to parse for a perl script.