Subject: Re: How to request GNU bison
To: Julio M. Merino Vidal <email@example.com>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/28/2004 13:08:59
On Sat, 28 Feb 2004, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
> If I do that, tools.mk only tries to provide a yacc utility that is good
> enough to work for most programs. But I want the GNU flavour of it, not one
> that may work. So I find this confusing...
Yes, this has been mentioned before, so would be good to fix.
> What about changing tools.mk so that USE_GNU_TOOLS _always_ picks up a GNU
> variant (it could check if the base system provides it to avoid
> reinstallation), and add a USE_TOOLS that can be used to mark a package as
> needing some special tools?
> I.e., you do:
> USE_TOOLS+= yacc lex
> then, tools.mk will try to provide a yacc and a lex that work, as it actually
> But if you do:
> USE_GNU_TOOLS+= yacc lex
> then you always get the GNU versions.
That all sounds good.
> Or maybe make USE_GNU_TOOLS recognize 'bison' as another "different" utility
> that explicitly pulls bison in?
That should be fine too, but I'd prefer your previous suggestion.
Also, before when I had problems with bison, I packaged up a BSD yacc for
Linux. (byacc in pkgsrc-wip.)
Jeremy C. Reed