Subject: Re: What is MANINSTALL good for?
To: NetBSD pkgsrc Discussion <tech-pkg@NetBSD.org>
From: Roland Illig <rillig@NetBSD.org>
Date: 09/30/2007 13:14:10
Johnny C. Lam wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 04:32:40PM +0200, Roland Illig wrote:
>>I am wondering what the variable MANINSTALL is, where it comes from and
>>why we should keep it in pkgsrc.
>>Most programs ignore this variable anyway, and I doubt there are many
>>pkgsrc users actually knowing that they can set this variable.
>>I'd like to get rid of the extra complexity this variable brings, unless
>>someone can persuade me that we really need it.
> MANINSTALL is not an "action" variable that the user sets to tell
> pkgsrc to do something.
So why is the variable mentioned in mk/defaults/mk.conf at all? That's
> MANINSTALL is a "descriptive" variable that
> a package Makefile sets in order to describe to pkgsrc (in particular,
> the plist module) what man and catman pages the package installs.
> Any other use of this variable is wrong.
And how would a package use this variable correctly? Can you give me an
example? The packages that mention MANINSTALL are:
misc/team (looks very ancient)
net/spegla (looks very ancient)
pkgtools/pkgdiff (looks like it uses MANINSTALL correctly)
According to your explanation, the way I did it in pkgtools/pkglint must
be completely wrong.