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On Wed, 2009-03-25 at 00:30 -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?
Having the unstable keyword in an ebuild indicates that this package
should work on that platform - or more exactly, a previous version was
likely to at least compile there.
When there are no keywords, prefix-users won't see if they would need to
do a *new* port (or at least a test) for their platform or just to *fix*
an existing port. IMO the difference is that if one does not really need
a package, trying to *fix* might be a lower just-for-fun-barrier than to
do it *new*.
> 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.
Dropping all keywords wont change anything here...
> 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)
Agreed, but I like my keywords ;)
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