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Luca Barbato <email@example.com>
Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@...>
Re: Issues regarding glep-55 (Was: Re: Preliminary Meeting-Topics for 12 February 2009)
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:57:02 +0000
On Mon, 23 Feb 2009 03:15:03 +0100
Luca Barbato <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Let's try to start with a common workflow for the user:
> - an user with an ancient version of portage syncs
> - it requires a package
> - it looks at the cache ($portdir/metadata/cache/)
> - picks the best entry from the ones showing an eapi it understands
> - keeps going.
> Apparently we do not have any issue...
...assuming the metadata cache is valid. That isn't always the case.
> 2- The user will get unpredictable behavior, but portage tell you
> when upgrading is needed...
Not if the version you'd need to do metadata generation is ~arch it
> 3- you'd have to disable them
Yes, tell everyone to disable all the overlays that make use of a few
features only in ~arch package managers... That'll work...
> In this case we have a problem if the source step is a single one,
> portage won't know in advance how to behave.
> So the first step has to be split in two:
> - first portage discovers which is the eapi version
...which it can't do, because it doesn't know the EAPI.
> The problem is that right now sourcing is done by having an
> instructed bash. So the simplest way to get the first step done is
> parsing the ebuild file with something different like file(1) and
> then instruct bash and do the parsing.
file(1) can't parse ebuilds. Only an ebuild implementation can parse
ebuilds, and only if it already knows the EAPI.
> What is proposed in glep-55 seems to aim to solve both issues at the
> same time (it isn't stated) by switching file extension every time
> the eapi is changed. This is slightly against the principle of the
> least surprise and apparently is disliked by enough people to lead
> the situation to be discussed in the council.
There's no surprise at all. It's extremely clear.