On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 06:11:21AM -0700, kamel derouiche wrote: > Hi,, > > What are the condition for which we create > buildlink3.mk file. is it for the API content?, or > because of the package number that depend for this > file "buildlink3.mk" is increase The buildlink framework was created to isolate packages from the host system environment while they were built. One essential requirement for a packaging system such as pkgsrc is to make reproductible builds, which means we have to be in control of the environment during the build (and notably, during the configuration step, as tools such as autoconf will try to infer the build options from the environment in a lot of cases). During compilation you need include files, libraries and so on. The buildlink framework will make symlinks of the files a package actually depends on (hence the name) and then change the compiler options and paths so that we are sure what environment the package sees. The way of triggering the buildlink framework for a given dependency of a package is to include the dependency's buildlink3.mk file. In the old days (or for purely run-time dependencies), you would just add a line in the package Makefile (DEPENDS+= ...). That doesn't work anymore nowadays because the files from the dependency that are necessary during the build don't get "buildlinked". Most of the time you will want to create a buildlink3.mk file to allow other packages to depend on it. Exceptions are pure run-time dependencies or things that are not part of the buildlink framework yet. For instance, there is no infrastructure in buildlink3 to deal with PERL modules, so that you have to construct your dependency list with DEPENDS+= lines, but you have to be careful because the Makefile.PL of a module might pick up dependencies that are not registered in the pkgsrc pacakges. (That would be a neat project, btw.) -- Quentin Garnier - cube%cubidou.net@localhost - cube%NetBSD.org@localhost "See the look on my face from staying too long in one place [...] every time the morning breaks I know I'm closer to falling" KT Tunstall, Saving My Face, Drastic Fantastic, 2007.
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