Split geos port for C and C++ API's

Dave Allured - NOAA Affiliate dave.allured at noaa.gov
Sun Feb 21 20:42:03 UTC 2021

I would like to split the geos port in two, for C and C++ API's. The
purpose is to improve dependency management for the 41 dependents
(currently).  In particular I want to reduce the need for many gratuitous
rev bumps on every minor release.

Upstream GEOS says the C ABI is long-term stable, but the C++ ABI changes
rapidly.  They recommend using the more stable C API when possible.  They
provides separate header files and binary libraries for C and C++.
However, both API's are combined in the single geos package build.  The C
ABI is presented as wrapped around the C++ ABI.

As a macports novice, I seek advice on the best way to do this.  This seems

* *geos_cpp*:  Rename the original port to this.  Dependent ports that
actually use the C++ API would be phased into this dependency.  Internally,
this port would build both C and C++ ABI's, so the original geos build
system would be used the same way that it is now.
* *geos*:  For dependents that use only the C API.  This would become a
wrapper port that would depend on geos_cpp, but would not actually build
any code.

I could also imagine *geos* (for C++) and *geos_c* (for C) ports.  Any
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