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From: Kent Fredric <kentnl@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] Package file name requirement for binary ebuilds
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:46:45
Message-Id: 20161017214612.4584c0b3@katipo2.lan
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-dev] Package file name requirement for binary ebuilds by "William L. Thomson Jr."
1 On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:41:13 -0400
2 "William L. Thomson Jr." <wlt-ml@××××××.com> wrote:
4 > To be clear I would suggest at MOST 3, -bin, -ebin, and -sbin. NO more.
6 It would be far better to simply have a PROPERTIES field in ebuilds or somesuch:
8 PROPERTIES="binary:upstream"
10 or
12 PROPERTIES="binary:gentoo"
14 Assuming the right tooling, this allows a way to "canonically" define
15 what the type of binary is, and allow people to make whatever choices,
16 including automated rules.
18 After you do that, you can deem a *convention* of adding -bin suffixes,
19 but instead of making it a "rule", make it simply a pattern that people
20 can follow if their package indicates they need suffixing.
22 This means:
24 1. "bin" packages don't need "-bin" suffixes, because metadata will convey it
25 2. ... however, you can still use a "-bin" suffix and its encouraged.
26 3. packages that end with '-bin' suffixes, but *arent* binaries can be
27 clearly identified as such via metdata. ( Imagine something like
28 dev-util/recycle-bin )
29 4. any additional finessing of names to indicate what is going on can
30 be decided by the maintainers in question, on a "as necessary basis"
32 This means instead of "require this pattern" which will eventually
33 result in useless chaos as packages rename all over the place, it will
34 also avoid "require this pattern" where its not needed. ( neither
35 www-client/opera, www-client/opera-developer, or www-client/opera-beta
36 are source based, they're all binaries, unpacked from .deb's for crying
37 out loud )
39 And we don't want to embrace visibly the idea that "free for all
40 binaries!!!!" by having too many -bin packages in tree.
42 We have to keep it balanced.


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Re: [gentoo-dev] Package file name requirement for binary ebuilds "William L. Thomson Jr." <wlt-ml@××××××.com>