Subject: Re: graphics/ImageMagick distfile botch
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/12/2007 07:55:28
On Sun, 11 Feb 2007, Robert Elz wrote:

> It is too late to do anything about this now, but in rev 1.84
> of graphics/ImageMagick/distinfo the checksums were updated
> wthout any change to the distfile file name.

It is not too late.

> That's not good - I know the origin of the problem was some
> ImageMagick maintainer (cretin...) but in NetBSD (and pkgsrc)
> we (I thought) try to work around problems like this.
> Whenever a distfile changes without a change of file name (usually
> version number) the distfile needs to go in a DIST_SUBDIR in NetBSD
> to keep the two versions separate (and then a new DIST_SUBDIR if
> the distfile changes again without being renamed).
> Once the next version appears, the DIST_SUBDIR should be removed
> of course (unless needed for some other reason).
> Also, I believe the CVS log should contain something better than
> "Distribution file change" - it should give a clue what changed
> so we know that someone actually checked that the distfile hasn't been
> subverted somewhere along the line.
> kre
> ps: apologies if this has been mentioned before, I'm about 8
> months behind on my list reading now (60K messages...)

I also mentioned it in two emails on the 8th. But I reminder is good.

  Jeremy C. Reed