Subject: TOOLS_DEPENDS versions (was: "torrentutils" vs. "bash")
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: William Allen Simpson <email@example.com>
Date: 06/24/2007 08:43:43
Johnny C. Lam wrote:
> The former is less extensible, but requires no changes to the
> infrastructure itself. The latter is definitely more expressive, but
> ultimate would involve modifying the infrastructure quite a bit, and
> would make pkgsrc a little slower when running depends phase.
> I favor the former unless it turns out we need to do this for a lot of
I prefer the latter. Annoyingly, programmers add significant features at
the M.n "minor" (n) revision, not just the "major" (M). Generalize.
It's long been a pet peeve of mine about getting just the right
combination of builds, and this would help automate a lot!
> Along those lines, we could also add things like ggrep, gfind, gxargs,
> etc. for the GNU versions of those programs.
That might be useful, but shouldn't that be some form of alternative, like
(made up) bgrep>=2.2 | ggrep >=2.1? The required features often don't show
up in the same versions....
Or maybe that's an argument for your former proposal, where tools would
strictly be limited to specific versions....