Subject: Re: HEADS UP: Package removal candidates
To: Jim Wise <>
From: Dieter Baron <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/06/2005 11:10:49
On Mon, Dec 05, 2005 at 06:49:24PM -0500, Jim Wise wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Dec 2005, Thomas Klausner wrote:
> >Since Krister has been doing bulk builds for a long while now, I'm
> >quite sure that he knows how to configure bulk builds correctly,
> >so I'm convinced that something's missing or broken in the packages,
> >not the bulk build setup.
> With due respect, the setting of `JAVA_HOME' is a basic requirement on 
> _all_ platforms on which java is used.  It is as elementary as setting 
> PATH for unix command line work, or CFLAGS for C development.

  However, in pkgsrc, mk/ chooses which JVM is used and sets
PKG_JAVA_HOME accordingly.  devel/eclipse has the following line to
make that setting visible to the package build:
Maybe that would help here also.

> If JAVA_HOME is not set during the bulk build process, the bulk build 
> process is in error.

  I disagree.  pkgsrc chooses which JVM to use (based on user
preferences and what the package can work with), so it's pkgsrc's job
to set JAVA_HOME to the correct value.  The infrastructure provides
the correct value in PKG_JAVA_HOME, it's the packages responsibility
to relay that information to the package build process.  That is how
other java-using packages work in pkgsrc, and they also work in the
bulk build.