Subject: Re: difficulty from renaming packages, and how to deal
To: None <>
From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/21/2007 19:11:12
On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 12:50:35PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
> Joerg Sonnenberger <> writes:
> > On Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 10:43:32AM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
> >> So, I'd like us to design (quickly) a database (file format) to store
> >> the information usable for pkg_rolling-replace, and maybe automatically
> >> usable by make replace. I'll assume that something like (1) is done.
> >
> > Why can't you just use pkgsrc/doc/CHANGES-* for that?
> We would need to change the format; it doesn't have enough information,
> because it doesn't encode the PGKNAME of the old PKG_PATH.  And it
> doesn't record anything when PKGNAME changes and PKG_PATH doesn't.
> But, there are only 128 rename entries, so we could add a new type for
> name-without-path, and change Renamed to take a pkgname as well.

I'm not so much opposed to changing the file format, that is reasonable
easy to do and converting the existing entries is not that hard either.
My point is that I would prefer it to be the canonical source for this
kind of information and strongly prefer it over adding some magic IDs