"Dr. Thomas Orgis" <thomas.orgis%uni-hamburg.de@localhost> writes: > Am Wed, 19 May 2021 17:41:40 +0000 > schrieb nia <nia%NetBSD.org@localhost>: > >> On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 01:11:15PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote: >> > >> > nia <nia%NetBSD.org@localhost> writes: >> > >> > > I mainly care about having working binary packages, actually. >> > > I want our users not to think that packages disappearing is the norm. >> > >> > Agreed! > > Disagree. At least on the binary package thing. For my use case, pkgsrc > is there to provide binaries and a build environment for user's own > software, with some emphasis on the latter. For that, at least the > default boost version should be present in the usual unversioned > location (headers) and any libs that in turn rely on boost should use > this one. I interpreted nia@'s comment about working binary packages more broadly as including "if you type make package in some random package that depends on boost it will work". > Regarding disappearing packages: Yes, some balance where it is more > important to have working stuff than the freshest boost. Upcoming boost > in wip for testing things until a bulk works would be fine. Just … > I think someone told me the trick, but I forgot … you somehow can > reroute all > > .include ../../devel/boost-libs/buildlink3.mk > > to > > .include ../../wip/boost-libs171/buildlink3.mk Generally when I have updates in wip, the bl3 file in main is able to be happy about the wip-installed package and all just works. > Or would a version switch be feasible so that one can set a mk.conf > variable for bleeding edge boost for development/testing? I think we're trying to avoid versioned names for parallel installation. Going to wip and make replace seems likely sufficient but I have no objection to more complicated if it is actually necessary. > It's a dilemma when you want to support a developer for adapting things > to new boost (or any other lib) while too much stuff is not yet > adapted. You need to start somewhere. Stable API/ABI would be fun. Indeed, with a magic wand to cause upstreams that other upstreams depend on to have stable APIs, life would be much better. Not just boost, but rust and ocaml could use a wave.
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