[38761] trunk/dports/devel/darcs

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at macports.org
Wed Jul 30 21:57:41 PDT 2008

On Jul 30, 2008, at 23:26, Blair Zajac wrote:

> Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>> On Jul 30, 2008, at 12:50, gwright at macports.org wrote:
>>> Revision: 38761
>>>           http://trac.macosforge.org/projects/macports/changeset/ 
>>> 38761
>>> Author:   gwright at macports.org
>>> Date:     2008-07-30 10:50:38 -0700 (Wed, 30 Jul 2008)
>>> Log Message:
>>> -----------
>>> Add profiling variant (mostly of interest to those working to
>>> improve darcs internals).
>> FYI, when you add a variant, you don't need to increase the port
>> revision, since nothing will change for those users who already had
>> the port installed.
> But on the other hand, if you weren't aware of this variant, there  
> would be no
> way to tell.  With a bump in revision, you can check for new variants.

I don't like increasing the revision as a means for informing users  
that a new variant is available. Increasing the revision causes the  
port to show up in "port outdated" and on the mailing list and  
hopefully in the Guide, users are encouraged to update their ports.  
For some larger ports and/or slower computers this can take a long  
time. Let's not waste users' time by needlessly increasing port  
revisions when nothing about the files that get installed has changed.

I think it's a fine idea to have a way to inform users that new  
variants are available for ports they have installed. But let's make  
a new way for users to be informed of that. Let's not overload the  
port revision.

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