On 15.07.2019 22:16, Greg Troxel wrote: > Kamil Rytarowski <n54%gmx.com@localhost> 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 vs $ pkg_info -d mozilla-rootcerts Also their appearing on install raises attention.
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