Subject: Re: etc/postinstall obsolete check versus SYS_INCLUDE=symlinks ...
To: Luke Mewburn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jason R Thorpe <email@example.com>
Date: 11/25/2002 21:13:46
On Tue, Nov 26, 2002 at 03:27:37PM +1100, Luke Mewburn wrote:
> a) Deprecate support for SYS_INCLUDE=symlinks, and always use
> SYS_INCLUDE=copies (which is the default anyway).
> I believe this is Jason's preferred approach, and I'm happy
> to do this as well.
> [Jason; please correct me if I'm misrepresented your position.]
No, this is my preferred option at this point. SYS_INCLUDE=symlinks
is totally a second-class citizen at this point, and I don't really care
enough about it do want to bother making it work 100%. If it can't be
made to work properly, then IMO is should just go the way of the dodo.
> b) Reenable the support in postinstall for obsolete file checking,
> and people who build using SYS_INCLUDE=symlinks will have to
> use NOPOSTINSTALL=1 for their builds, and avoid using
> "postinstall fix obsolete" manually.
> (Note: SYS_INCLUDE=symlinks only works for DESTDIR=/
> builds anyway)
This is not a good option, because it could have the side-effect if
inadvertently zapping locally-modified source code files.
> c) Add support into etc/postinstall to determine if make(1)
> has SYS_INCLUDE=symlink and skip the obsolete check in
> that case.
Extra complexity for what is obviously a corner case. Not so good :-)
> d) Do nothing, and don't offer the (IMHO) useful functionality
> of checking for and/or removing obsolete files.
> I don't really consider this as a valid solution...
I agree with your assessment that (d) is not a reasonable option.
-- Jason R. Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>