Aleksey Cheusov <cheusov%tut.by@localhost> writes: > Why osabi is bad: > - Our official packages for NetBSD-6.1 are linked to 6.0 binaries. > As a result binary installation fails on 6.1 due to osabi-NetBSD. > - osabi should be system-dependent, but currently it is not. > Difference in kernel versions on Linux, for example, doesn't play > too big role. > - It is a half-measure. There are too many things to check in order to > garantee ABI compatibility, e.g. libc version on Linux. Checks for > kernel version don't solve anything. I agree with you that osabi doesn't really do what it should. 7.0_BETA and 7.0_RELEASE, for example, should (absent some drastic problem) have the same ABI. x11-links is a bit like this. > Personally, I whould prefer to completely remove osabi package, but the > following patch adds new variable IGNORE_OSABI to pkg_install.conf and > osabi package checks whether this varuable is "yes". So, sysadmins is > able to disable this check. > > Objections? I feel that giving up on osabi is a bit too drastic. I do find it useful in that after updating often osabi appears mismatched, which when using pkg_rr triggers a rebuild of osabi and things that depend on it. I think it's fine to have a variable to override the installation check.
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