MacPorts caching of distfiles [was Re: ntfs-3g 1.1120 source missing]
raimue at macports.org
Sun Feb 24 21:29:08 PST 2008
Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:
>> All distfiles in one single directory? I am against that at all!
> Why? Collisions? If so, please name the collisions in question,
> because I cannot find any.
Maybe not yet, but maybe they will come in later? Why not be collisions
> If you add indirection to this then you lose the ability to have a
> global URL path that points to a mirror (either that or you need to
> add extra logic to the MacPorts fetch code).
Why are you against adding more logic to the fetch code?
>> <group> would be category, I think. But some ports also use the same
>> distfiles by specifying distname (e.g. vim and vim-app). So maybe it
>> would be better to use the distname of the regarding port to avoid
>> mirroring files multiple times.
> Or you could just use a flat namespace... :-)
And have one big cluttered directory without any links which file
belongs to which port? With the distname approach, it adapts the layout
of /opt/local/var/macports/distfiles where distfiles are currently
> I fail to understand this stubborn insistence on date stamp and group
> information for files which are simply not meant to be user visible.
> There is no group information you need to see on the distfile mirror
> because you won't be managing the distfile mirror.
But maybe I want to see what files are on a mirror for some specific
port without having to look through a list of all distfiles ever
referenced by any port.
>> And it would be no problem to prepend URL with an advanced scheme to
>> the master_sites list (or even add it at the end if the sourceforge
>> mirror group is present, as said earlier). I think it would be just
>> a bit more work to do it for ports using tagged mirrors also, but
>> surely not impossible.
> This is over-engineering at its finest.
Please explain why? It would give us the possibility to prefer some
mirror lists (e.g. sourceforge) which already got a world wide location
aware mirror network. It would not be good to throw that away and use
the one single mirror (in case even overseas) instead.
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