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Re: pkgsrc namespaces

Edgar Fuß <> writes:

>> not necessarily clearly mapped to variable namespaces
> There seems to be a general lack of a notion of namespaces.
> When importing something into pkgsrc, I'm often asking myself whether 
> I'm allowed to use a geeric variable name (EGDIR, DOCDIR, FEATURES, EDITOR) 
> or if they are used by pkgrsc's infrastucture (or worse: will be used by a 
> future version of the infrastructure).
> I also sometimes, when reading an existing Makefile for refence, as myself 
> whether some generic sounding variable used there is set by the 
> infrastructure or some Makefile.common, or the like.
> It would help to have some per-package/user namespace. Things easily become 
> unreadable if I prefix everything with ICINGAWEB2_ or LUA_STD__DEBUG_.

A fair point, about having organization by name.

I was talking about something simpler, which is that variables defined
in mk files should be declared (in comments) as to whether they are
package-settable, user-settable or pkgrsc internal.  That's just N
variables with a definition and scope.  That's sound, even if it's
awkward for users who have to look each one up.

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