Request for help with port organisation: how to install several versions of data files

Lawrence Velázquez larryv at
Tue Jul 2 13:37:58 PDT 2013

On Jul 2, 2013, at 2:16 PM, Mojca Miklavec <mojca at> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM, Bradley Giesbrecht wrote:
>> On Jul 2, 2013, at 10:03 AM, Lawrence Velázquez wrote:
>>> It's a little weird to put stuff into ${destroot} during extract. I certainly do not expect "port extract" to create the destroot.
>> Yes, it is not common though they are simply data files, no configure, make or make install; so I understand why Mojca questions the need to copy large data sets around.
>> One could set "extract {}", let destroot make directories and code the extraction. I thought making use of port extract was a nicer way.
> But then others will argue that users expect from "extract" to check
> the checksums and actually extract something. I let the gurus figure
> out the best way. I can live with moving files around if that's really
> needed or expected.

I'd suggest letting extract do its thing and moving the data files in destroot. Moving (as opposed to copying) should be an inexpensive operation.


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