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Mon Feb 12 09:33:49 PST 2007
In article <884E1513-7F2E-469A-B929-E4A9613263FE at mac.com>,
Randall Wood <rhwood at mac.com> wrote:
> A while back (about 6 months ago I think), I proposed a standard for
> naming variants.
> As I recall, there seemed to be a consensus that I had a good idea,
> but that details needed to be worked out. I (and I think a couple of
> others) began using variants as I proposed, although I notice that
> recently someone took one of the ports that I wrote and renamed all
> the variants I had as they were "nonstandard"
i think it's an excellent idea. though, i think that there should be a
default signature if none is specified, so that there's no ambiguity in
variant signatures. i suppose the result is that there would be no
variant-less ports. i think this is a good thing though; i think gentoo
would be better if its use flags were encoded into the port signature.
in my experience, one can't rely on consensus, for reasons you
illustrate in your story. i think your proposal would have to be
implemented in code for it to take root.
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