"size" documentation

Rainer Müller raimue at macports.org
Sat Aug 18 18:36:13 UTC 2018

On 2018-08-18 09:53, Jan Stary wrote:
> On Aug 17 22:06:13, cal at macports.org wrote:
>> I think the idea of the size keyword is to start to use it to display
>> download progress bars for servers that do not send a Content-Length
>> HTTP header (or do not have an equivalent of such a header due to the
>> used protocol).
> How many of the total number of ports have their distfiles served
> by such servers? Would it be simpler to just not display a progress bar
> in those cases, as opposed to introducing another keyword?

Yes, that is the current implementation. Specifying "size" is simple and
might have a use case in the future.

> If the idea is to help display a progress bar (please make it in color),
> why is it a 'checksum'? We already have much beter checksums.

Well, adding it at any other place would add more complexity and
confusion. The file size is a checksum.

> curl it the one doing the download. If it can display a progress bar,
> it will. If not, please leave it like that.
>> This is currently not implemented.
> Reminds me of 'platforms'.

Patches are still welcome...


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