How image installs work [was Re: The image question]

Daniel J. Luke dluke at
Sat Mar 10 08:04:19 PST 2007

On Mar 9, 2007, at 4:19 PM, Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:
> On Mar 9, 2007, at 10:58 AM, Daniel J. Luke wrote:
>> That's not how image mode works now - and I'm not sure that we  
>> want to impose the burden of verifying abi/api compatibility  
>> between releases on every portfile author (if we were to add hooks  
>> to make things work that way).
> You'd prefer that burden be foisted on the users, eh?  Those who  
> are perhaps least qualified to diagnose and fix the problem? :-)

Or who are perhaps most qualified to make intelligent choices of what  
should be installed and upgraded at which time on their own systems? :)

> The fact that API/ABI compatibility is frequently broken is an ugly  
> little secret of our business and somebody, somewhere, always ends  
> up dealing with it.   For fan-out reasons alone, that someone  
> should be as far upstream as possible.

Indeed, it should be handled upstream of macports.
Daniel J. Luke
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