Updating a Portfile

Daniel J. Luke dluke at geeklair.net
Tue Sep 18 12:45:48 PDT 2007

On Sep 18, 2007, at 2:44 PM, Jonathan Strine wrote:
> A recent port I submitted (dynamips-0.2.7) needs a minor update to  
> compile correctly for the no_pcap variant and on powerpc  
> platforms.  Should I increment the revision number on my Portfile?   
> Or should I keep the revision at 0 since it is a minor change that  
> doesn't require an upgrade if you already have dynamips installed?

The general rule is that if the change changes the files that end up  
being installed, then you want to bump the revision.

It's also often useful to bump it whenever you make a bugfix (as it's  
easy for the end user to see if they have the latest portfile or not).

However, it sometimes makes sense to make a change and not bump the  
revision. I suppose if on ppc +no_pcap didn't end up installing  
anything at all, it might be OK to not bump the revision.

Or to summarize, it's largely up to the maintainer to decide, but  
it's generally more useful to bump it than not to.
Daniel J. Luke
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