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On 3/13/08, Steve Dibb <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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'.
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