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From: Ryan Hill <dirtyepic@g.o>
Subject: Re: [RFC] Handling of test USE flag in ebuilds
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:46:15 -0600
On Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:02:00 +0200
Thomas Sachau <tommy@g.o> wrote:

> From discussion on IRC, it seems, like there are different options, so i would like to clarify this
> policy:
> 
> The test USE flag is (i am only talking about portage now, since i am most familar with it) an
> internal flag, which is added by portage for every ebuild and enabled/disabled based on
> FEATURES=test or not. It is not managed via USE= line in make.conf or package.use settings. So in
> handling and setting, it is pretty much the same as for the arch USE flags, which are also only
> internally used and added, but never exposed to the users.
> Now i see the opinion, that it should always be added to IUSE, when it is referenced in the ebuild.
> This adds it to the visible USE flags in emerge output (imho pointless, since it is no option, which
> can be enabled/disabled like the other USE flags), but otherwise does change nothing.
> 
> Because of this, i would like to discourage the addition of test USE flag to IUSE, since it is just
> an internal USE flag, which should not be exposed to the user.

Well, it does indicate the presence of optional dependencies.

I've always thought the test USE flag being forced by FEATURES=test was
messed up.  Why can't it be controlled package-by-package, with FEATURES=test
just enabling USE=test by default?


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