VTK port naming conventions

Darren Weber dweber at macports.org
Tue Apr 14 17:02:31 PDT 2009

On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 2:52 PM, <cssdev at mac.com> wrote:

>  On Monday, April 13, 2009, at 04:49PM, "Darren Weber" <
> dweber at macports.org> wrote:
> >This is a thread to discuss naming conventions for VTK in macports.
> >
> >Macports has the following VTK ports (as of 04/13/2009):
> >
> >VTK @4.4.2 (graphics)
> >    3D visualization toolkit
> >
> >vtk5 @5.2.1 (graphics, devel)
> >    3D visualization toolkit
> It might be more clear to rename along the lines of:
> vtk @5.2.1
> vtk-devel @5.4
> vtk4 @4.4.2

The -devel suffix (or just -dev) is often used with a debug release, and
(or) it specifies that all the include headers are installed, not just the
binaries.  As VTK is a library (not an application, per se), the -dev suffix
is sort-of "implied" (virtually mandatory).  Note that Debian use the names
"libvtk-*" to be explicit that VTK is a library, but this is not the case in

Perhaps there could be a "dev" or "testing" variant of vtk for the current
CVS checkout?  Given that 5.4.0 is the latest "stable" release, it should
not get a -dev suffix.

I'm clueless about the @ syntax for version specificity; maybe that will

Take care, Darren
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