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Re: devel/git and devel/git-base are confusing

On 15.07.2019 22:16, Greg Troxel wrote:
> Kamil Rytarowski <> writes:
>> For directions that are important we ship with MESSAGES for a reason.
>> Putting any directions in DESCR is counter-effective, regardless of what
>> is our opinion on people who skip studying DESCR in software they build.
> MESSAGE is a mess.  It is printed at install time, and was explicitly
> intende for knowing how to set up what you *already chose* to install.
> But with binary package managers and dependencies, it flies by.
> Regardless of the issues with MESSAGE,explaining what's in a package is
> totally inappropriate for it.   Really - this is what DESCR is for.   I
> don't think it's reasonable to acccomodate people who decline to read
> it.

I disagree with this as I find MESSAGES appropriate and helpful, but of
course only for a small number of packages when they are really needed
for actions like creating /dev nodes.

Checking MESSAGE vs checking DESCR isn't much harder:

$ pkg_info -D mozilla-rootcerts


$ pkg_info -d mozilla-rootcerts

Also their appearing on install raises attention.

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