Subject: Re: Ruminations on pkg_chk...
To: None <>
From: Havard Eidnes <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/01/2004 13:50:09
> Several people (including myself) have complained about pkg_chk's rat=
> poor handling of complex dependency graphs, that in practice results =
> packages bieng repeatedly rebuilt during an update.

I'll admit that I've not used pkg_chk, but I've seen the "multiple
rebuilds" problem when I've manually done "make update".

On the other hand, I've not seen mention of pkgdepgraph in this
discussion, and the times when I've done upgrades based on information
produced by pkgdepgraph, I've usually been able to upgrade without too
much pain.

What pkgdepgraph has problems with is if you have a package installed
which needs to be upgraded, but the package has in the meantime been
renamed, so some hand-holding is sometimes necessary.

I've also used the "slave system building binary packages" under the
direction of pkgdepgraph which works reasonably well.

The downside of pkgdepgraph is of course that it depends on perl...


- H=E5vard