[MacPorts] #14906: port requires too many flags for simple operations

MacPorts trac at macosforge.org
Thu Apr 3 00:54:21 PDT 2008

#14906: port requires too many flags for simple operations
  Reporter:  paulbeard at gmail.com  |       Owner:  macports-tickets at lists.macosforge.org
      Type:  enhancement          |      Status:  new                                  
  Priority:  Not set              |   Milestone:  MacPorts base enhancements           
 Component:  base                 |     Version:  1.7.0                                
Resolution:                       |    Keywords:                                       
Comment (by afb at macports.org):

 Replying to [ticket:14906]:
 > Ideally, this would be filed against a 2.0 release not the trunk or the
 next release.
 > -f       force mode (ignore state file)
 > why is -f (force) needed for upgrades of installed ports? Is there a
 reason that upgrade should not do just that? And why not put in a .conf
 file in that case? The idea of forcing something just seems wrong to new
 users, in many cases.

 See #12989 (and #7361). It shouldn't be needed...

 > -c       autoclean mode (execute clean after install)
 > I would vote for putting "clean" in a conf file, since it seems unlikely
 a user would change their mind per port or upgrade cycle.  That there is a
 -k, the opposite command, suggests one should be the default.

 It is already available:
 # Set whether to automatically execute "clean" after "install" of ports
 portautoclean           yes

 > -n       don't follow dependencies in upgrade (only for upgrading)
 > Likewise, why not have this be the default?

 It says "The upgrade target works on a port and its dependencies.",
 so it's a design decision.

 The flags are workarounds to dependendency engine bugs,
 so most likely won't be needed if/when those are fixed...

Ticket URL: <http://trac.macosforge.org/projects/macports/ticket/14906#comment:1>
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