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From: Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@××××××××××.com>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] RFD: EAPI specification in ebuilds
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:39:26
Message-Id: 20120308173722.4b9fa7eb@googlemail.com
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] RFD: EAPI specification in ebuilds by Jeroen Roovers
On Thu, 8 Mar 2012 18:30:47 +0100
Jeroen Roovers <jer@g.o> wrote:
> On Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:14:58 +0000 > Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@××××××××××.com> wrote: > > Having a different, special rule for something that looks exactly > > like lots of other things that do not have that different, special > > rule is hardly hair splitting. This rule would have to be > > documented and have special code to carefully enforce it. That's a > > big deal. > > Exactly like HOMEPAGE is a big deal? > > HOMEPAGE Package's homepage. If you are unable to locate an > official one, try to provide a link to freshmeat.net or a similar > package tracking site. Never refer to a variable name in the string; > include only raw text. > > http://devmanual.gentoo.org/ebuild-writing/variables/index.html
That's a QA thing, not a spec thing, and it's there because some old-school developers don't know how to use their package manager properly, and want to copy-paste a string from an ebuild into their browser. It's a silly rule. And if you take a count of how many ebuilds and eclasses break that rule, you'll see exactly why such rules are a problem. -- Ciaran McCreesh

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