The image question
rhwood at mac.com
Thu Mar 8 18:31:22 PST 2007
On 8 Mar 2007, at 13:05, Daniel J. Luke wrote:
> On Mar 8, 2007, at 10:30 AM, Yves de Champlain wrote:
>> Are there people out there who really use the image installations ?
>> I mean, who are activating / deactivating ports on a regular basis,
>> in such a way that it would not make sense to install / uninstall
>> them from a tarball instead ?
> I've thought for a while that improving archive mode a little and
> deprecating image mode would be a good idea (it's why I patched
> upgrade to work with direct+archive mode when it only worked with
> image mode before).
> The one thing we would loose is the potential for ports to depend
> on a specific version of another port that was installed but not
> 'active' (ie, you could have multiple versions of some library port
> installed with ports that needed each version linked against the
> one they wanted without having to change the normal install layout
> of that library). I _think_ this is something that jkh has wanted
> ever since images were first implemented.
> It seems to me like this just exponentially increases the installed
> system complexities and in the few cases where it would be very
> useful to have multiple different library versions installed, it
> makes more sense to me to alter the port so they can both be
> installed at the same time (like the db43/db44 ports, for example).
> I think direct + archive mode makes more intuitive sense as well
> (and gives us an obvious path to distributing binaries, as we would
> eventually just distribute appropriate archives somehow).
>> And if I use the direct install mode, what happens to the "post-
>> activate" phase ?
> I don't think it gets run. (but it has been a while since I looked).
> [g5:~/Projects/macports/dports] dluke% grep -r 'post-activate' . |
> wc -l
> ... which isn't too many to look at and change to post-destroot/
> post-install if we ever decide to depricate images.
A healthy chunk of those are so written because they broke if the
port-activate process was run during the destroot or post-install
phase. See the long history of problems with scrollkeeper for an
> Daniel J. Luke
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