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From: Kent Fredric <kentnl@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-dev] [PATCH] ebuild-maintenance/removal: Process for virtual removal
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:40:21
Message-Id: 20200907213954.7f81a359@katipo2.lan
In Reply to: [gentoo-dev] [PATCH] ebuild-maintenance/removal: Process for virtual removal by "Michał Górny"
1 On Mon, 7 Sep 2020 08:14:52 +0200
2 Michał Górny <mgorny@g.o> wrote:
4 > However, please
5 > + do not include it in the <c>package.mask</c> entry as users do not need
6 > + to be forced to proactively unmerge it.
8 I can think of a utilitarian value of doing this anyway.
10 Namely, it gives a window during `emerge -uD @world` where portage
11 tells you that they have a masked package installed, and the reason.
13 Ideally, people don't have virtuals in their world file, but they do
14 anyway, which means you can't guarantee the lack of dependents
15 resulting in a depclean directed purge.
17 And this can matter, as if its in your world file, or sometimes, if its
18 even still installed, portage can trip up during upgrades with a more
19 confusing error about the virtual not being installable.
21 Outdated overlays add to this problem somewhat. :/