libxml2 2.9.4 config error #54070 wontfix
ryandesign at macports.org
Tue May 30 20:24:36 UTC 2017
> On May 30, 2017, at 11:23, Mojca Miklavec <mojca at macports.org> wrote:
> On 30 May 2017 at 17:08, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at macports.org> wrote:
>> On May 30, 2017, at 09:52, db wrote:
>>> On 30 May 2017, at 14:58, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
>>>> What specific fix to you recommend?
>>> I have no fix to recommend. My uneducated guess is that it's searching for /opt/local/lib/libreadline.6.dylib while I've just updated it to v7.
>>> Would that be non-fixable?
>> The fix is to upgrade the outdated thing that's still using version 6, in this case gawk.
>> Note that gawk is not a declared dependency of the port you're building.
>> The problem is that configure scripts of ports like the one you're building automatically look for gawk and other similar utilities. Even if the system version of awk would work, they prefer the MacPorts gawk if it's present.
>> gawk is not the only utility this happens to. sed and grep are others.
>> To fix this to your satisfaction, i.e. in a way that the user does not encounter an error message that they have to fix manually, we would have to modify every port that has such a configure script to tell it to only use the system versions of those utilities even if the MacPorts versions are installed. Alternately, we would have to make each of those ports declare dependencies on each of the utilities it opportunistically uses, even if they're not necessary. Either solution means modifying hundreds or thousands of ports, and ensuring that newly added ports follow this strategy too. So far, we've been unwilling to do this.
>> Another solution is to use trace mode (the -t flag). Maybe one day MacPorts can default to doing so. For now, it reduces MacPorts performance by 50% so it's opt in rather than opt out.
> Another semi-weird solution would be to somehow declare a list of
> "high priority" ports that always get updated first even if no other
> port depends on them (either in the core or as a special keyword in
> the Portfile).
My initial impression of this idea is that I like it, for gawk, grep, gsed, and any others that are automatically searched for by default configure scripts. But remember that those ports have dependencies. Not many, but each of those dependencies would have to be handled by my previous suggestion, modifying each to ensure only the system version of those utilities is used.
> Or introduce a concept of "soft dependencies". Those are dependencies
> that are not needed (and not installed if absent), but should be
> upgraded first in case they are present.
If I understand correctly, you're suggesting that the port db was updating would be modified to indicate that it has a soft dependency on gawk, for example. I think that would have the same maintenance burden as the other two possibilities I mentioned above, which we are unlikely to want to undertake.
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