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From: "Alec Warner" <antarus@g.o>
Subject: Re: splitting up package.mask
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:06:48 -0700
On 3/13/08, Steve Dibb <beandog@g.o> wrote:
> Hey guys,
>
>  I have an idea I'd like to run by the QA team.
>
>  For a user's portage preferences, we can have /etc/package.mask be a
>  file or a directory of files (package.mask/*) that will cumulatively
>  create the same effect.
>
>  Because package.mask in CVS for profiles is so huge, I think it might
>  help it to get organized if we split it up a bit.
>
>  halcyon had a good idea for the scheme: testing, broken, removal.  That
>  seems to sum up the main 3 reason that a package would be masked.
>
>  Right now there are 679 entries in package.mask.  The reason I came up
>  with the idea was to find a way to make it easier for treecleaners to
>  quickly see which ones they were working on.
>
>  I'd like to take the discussion to -dev but wanted to get QA's thoughts
>  first.  I haven't looked into whether or not this is technically
>  feasible at all.

Yes, I'm sure some will want a GLEP.

my proposal would be to create in gentoo-x86, a package.mask.d type dir

Come up with a naming scheme.
Come up with a tool that can check for duplicate mask entries.
Cat all the entries together to form a legacy package.mask so we don't
have to deal with backwards compat.

Probably use this cat'd package.mask file for the PM with a stat()
call on the packge.mask.d dir to force the PM to generate the 'cache'.

-Alec

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