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Re: pkg/39653: devel/subversion and devel/git belongs to meta-pkgs/

The following reply was made to PR pkg/39653; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: "OBATA Akio" <>
Subject: Re: pkg/39653: devel/subversion and devel/git belongs to meta-pkgs/
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 17:03:52 +0900

 On Tue, 30 Sep 2008 01:20:01 +0900, <> wrote:
 > devel/subversion and devel/git are meta packages. They only depends on 
 > others regular packages. Having them in devel/ leads people to install them 
 > rather than devel/subversion-base and devel/git-base if they only want basic 
 > functionality. meta-pkgs/ is a better place for those two packages.
 > naively install devel/subversion and you will get all svn language binding 
 > and apache web server where you only wanted to check out a repository.
 I don't thins so.
 The subversion and git are completely development tools, then should be put in 
devel first.
 In, DESCR, it is mentioned that the package is a meta-package.
 Pkgsrc users should not find packages just by name, should also read COMMENT 
and/or DESCR.
 If a user find a package trying to install just by its name, a git user 
probably try to install misc/git first.
 If the subversion package is in meta-package, then a subversion user may find 
meta-package/subversion first,
 and not notice other subversion-* package.  Now, subversion and 
subversion-base is both in devel,
 we can find subversion-bsae in the neighborhood of subversion.

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