Subject: Re: feature request: packing list checking
To: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
From: Gavan Fantom <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/12/2005 14:08:53
On Tue, 4 Jan 2005, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:

>> It would be neat if, just before a make install, a file got touched,
>> and just after the make install, a quick find -newer was done on
>> /usr/pkg (or wherever) to check that the packing list is indeed
>> correct. Our packing lists are "mostly" correct, but not always, and
>> this would pretty much eliminate the problem of them getting out of
>> date, which hurts binary package users...
> As already pointed out by Hubert, print-PLIST does that, but I find it's
> a quite time-consuming operation, specially when /usr/pkg is crowded.
> Plus it's not perfect.  Some packages install files preserving timestamps
> (I fix them whenever I find them).
> However, I agree; this could be nice to have (specially because we're
> cross-platform, and some packages like to install extra files depending
> on the platform we're on).

I would support an ultra-paranoid check that does a find before and after 
installing the package, too. Conditional on a variable, naturally, but one 
that could and should be set by developers and testers.

Gillette - the best a man can forget