Proposal for a new repository layout
rhwood at mac.com
Wed Apr 25 09:34:35 PDT 2007
On Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at 07:25AM, "Paul Guyot" <pguyot at kallisys.net> wrote:
>On Apr 25, 2007, at 9:02 AM, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>> I propose we start with those two trees and fill them up as
>>> necessary, the first one being the existing trunk/dports which
>>> would *have* to stay in sync with base/branches/release_x_y and
>>> the second being a testbed for Portfiles that need unreleased
>>> features and syntax to function (ports would be added to it as
>>> needed, no need to mirror every single category and port in ports/
>>> released if the corresponding Portfile doesn't pack anything
>>> different). I would like to make clear that our released Vs.
>>> testing split would be with respect to our *Portfiles* and not to
>>> the projects we port; that is, emacs and emacs-devel would still
>>> be in the released tree as long as their Portfiles are in sync
>>> with MacPorts released code. This is contrary to the a la Fink
>>> "stable" Vs. "unstable" model, which we all know condemns stable
>>> to always be incredibly out of date and pushes everyone to use the
>>> unstable tree, while alerting users their computers could catch fire.
>> Having "released" and "testing" ports trees sound like a good idea.
>I disagree. What's the point of putting portfiles in testing?
>Who's going to move them to release when they are ready?
>How installation will pick them?
I agree that the release/testing branches of the ports tree is not a good idea, unless we very explicitely do not index one of the testing branch (you can't pick it up unless you cd to the directory and install--which is how I develop ports out of svn and then move them into svn).
However, versioning the Portfile API is a very good idea, provided that:
1) PortIndex is capable of either
a) not indexing Portfiles with a PortSystem value that is too high and/or
b) is capable of storing the PortSystem value in the index.
2) If 1b above, port is capable of ignoring Portfiles with a PortSystem value that exceeds the maximum capable value that port understands.
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