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From: Fabian Groffen <grobian@g.o>
Subject: Re: [PREFIX] prefix keywords need to go (?)
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:13:51 +0100
On 25-03-2009 00:30:18 -0500, Jeremy Olexa wrote:
> So, since we are already in a hugely reactive mode..why don't we just 
> get rid of prefix keywords completely? It gets hairy if the arch most 
> always needs patches (FreeMiNT/IRIX comes to mind). However, this is one 
> reason that we ask for everyone's help in submitting patches upstream.

- "use <keyword> && bla" will no longer work (question; is it sane? well
  we need it in *DEPENDs at the moment for sure)
- Portage needs to be patched not to look at keywords any more, solar's
  idea involved only having explicit -arch markings for stuff known not
  to compile/work
- I don't like the idea:
> Before anyone says "but, that will be much more likely to break my 
> prefix" - I refute that because we are already running on this policy 
> with regards to the automatic bumps. For the most part, it is smooth. 
> Major packages are masked if someone hasn't tested them yet (eg. gcc & bash)
  Thing is here, that if you look at
  http://stats.prefix.freens.org/keywords-packages.png, you can clearly
  see a "gap" between x86-linux, and ppc-macos (the prefix leader in
  keyworded packages).  From an historical point of view, I'm almost
  sure this gap is largely consisting of broken packages for ppc-macos.
- Last but not least, this proposal doesn't solve the keyword issue at
  all, it just introduces another hurdle; the change of keyword use.

Or did I mis the point?


-- 
Fabian Groffen
Gentoo on a different level


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