Subject: Re: proposal of how to deal with missing header files supplied by
To: Dieter Baron <>
From: Roland Illig <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/02/2005 21:52:51
Dieter Baron wrote:
>  I would suggest creating tags for each (group of) function(s)
> provided by libnbcompat, and then specifying which the packge needs in
> the package's Makefile (inspired by Geert's suggestion):
> LIBNBCOMPAT_NEEDED=	regex fnmatch
> .include "../../mk/

I'd like to have the same scheme for ncurses options. Today I've gone 
through the whole pkgsrc tree looking for simple-to-fix pkglint 
warnings. What I've found (among many other things) are a huge number of 
NCURSES_INCOMPAT definitions (sometimes commented, often lacking 
comments) that did the same and have in fact been copied and pasted. It 
would be much nicer to read which ncurses features are missing instead 
of which curses implementations lack an (unknown) feature.

One thing I'm not quite sure is how to name the variables. 
LIBNBCOMPAT_NEEDED is not the worst choice, but that name alone doesn't 
tell _what_ is needed. If I said LIBNBCOMPAT_NEEDED=yes, this would also 
sound reasonable. So I prefer LIBNBCOMPAT_NEEDED_FEATURES, even if that 
name is a little longer. Same for NCURSES_NEEDED_FEATURES.