Subject: Re: difficulty from renaming packages, and how to deal
To: matthew sporleder <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/21/2007 17:33:35
On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 11:23:25AM -0400, matthew sporleder wrote:
> On 9/21/07, Geert Hendrickx <> wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 10:58:12AM -0400, matthew sporleder wrote:
> > > Maybe each pkg should get a unique PKGID so that pkgsrc would actually be
> > > attempting to update pkgid=2574FFA instead of pkg=gconf2.
> >
> > And then a pkgid disappears, e.g. when we get rid of firefox15.
> Why?  It would be just as easy to point the old pkgid to whatever the
> new firefox is.

Firefox may be a bad example, upgrades usually "just work".

But what with packages that have a differrent API or datafile format in
newer versions?  E.g. if apache-1.3.x or PostgreSQL 7.x get's EOL'd, I'd
vastly prefer my update script to error out than to blindly update it to
the latest version.