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From: Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@××××××××××.com>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] My wishlist for EAPI 5
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:33:13
Message-Id: 20120621133048.416c6ccd@snowbell
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] My wishlist for EAPI 5 by Homer Parker
On Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:11:27 -0500
Homer Parker <hparker@g.o> wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-06-21 at 08:00 +0100, Ciaran McCreesh wrote: > > In case you're not aware, the first time Gentoo did multilib, it was > > done as a series of random changes to Portage that no-one really > > thought through or understood. As you can see, that didn't work... > > No, but paved the way for other distros as they had nothing > even close. I'm sure you remember back then. Don't be an ass.
And what did Gentoo get out of it? What I remember is Gentoo putting in lots of work randomly changing things until things worked, and ending up not knowing what most of those changes were or why they were done. The end result is that there's still a random smattering of multilib-related mess cluttering up ebuild internals that doesn't actually do anything except cause intermittent breakages. Doing experiments is great as a way of understanding the problem, but it isn't how you deliver a solution. That takes a lot more work, and someone has to be prepared to do it. -- Ciaran McCreesh

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