Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Mike Frysinger <vapier@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Cc: Vaeth <vaeth@××××××××××××××××××××××××.de>
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Re: [gentoo-dev-announce] debug USE flag misuse
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 18:42:36
In Reply to: [gentoo-dev] Re: [gentoo-dev-announce] debug USE flag misuse by Vaeth
On Thursday, July 01, 2010 08:53:19 Vaeth wrote:
> The debug USE flag in eix is also about convenience for the user: > If eix segfaults, it prints instructions how to produce a backtrace > in such a way which is most likely useful for upstream to locate > the problem. > Currently, these instructions are rather simple, because they can > refer to USE=debug. Omitting the debug USE flag would complicate > the instructions, making debugging less convenient for the user > and for upstream. Why should such an inconvenience be necessary? > Only to follow some abstract fundamental policy about what USE flags > are allowed to do? If this is really the case then perhaps there is > something wrong with that policy.
this is in no way specific to eix. if you want convenience, design a real solution common to *all* packages and post it to the list. arbitrary/inconsistent hacks utilizing USE=debug is wrong. -mike


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