Subject: Re: Overhauling PLIST command set
To: Thomas Klausner <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 10/29/2005 20:14:48
On Sat, 29 Oct 2005, Thomas Klausner wrote:
> However, I want to discourage the use of @exec, so I'd like to drop
> support for it during the generation of new binary packages (i.e. in
> PLIST files in pkgsrc). Of course, I plan to sweep for this.

I think it's fine to not use @exec etc. any more - i'd just keep it 
around, for things that may need it (mozilla/firefox come to mind).
Printing a warning ("deprecated...") seems ok for @exec/@unexec.

>> Esp. for @option, IIRC it can be useful to some that need the
>> functionality provided - don't remove that.
> Can you point me to a user of @option?

There's no package using it, but I still think that the 'preserve' option 
may be useful to people, and it may even become useful for binary patches.

Is there a pressing need to remove these altogether?

  - Hubert