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Re: [bug-gsrc] unification of code of gsrc and biosrc

From: Brandon Invergo
Subject: Re: [bug-gsrc] unification of code of gsrc and biosrc
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:10:57 +0100

On Thu, 2016-06-16 at 00:07 -0700, carl hansen wrote:
> "Fortunately, I think it shouldn't have any harmful effect for the users
> if it's implemented all at once."
> No LONG TERM harmful effect...
> I have decided to expedite. I'm using too much time. I, like  Donald Trump,
> am supremely confident, I'll skip caution, and just do it and we can fiddle 
> with
> it after. Need to write a NEWS item to warn the user. 
> will need to do 
> booststrap
> configure --prefix=WHATEVERITWAS


> questions: Use "pkg/ directory?" Yes
> (Requires changed line in every gsrc Makefile)

I also particularly like the "gar" directory in GSRC, which will also
require changing "include ../../gar.mk" to "include ../../../gar/gar.mk"

> Actually merge the biosrc packages? Yes
> They are all libre software.
> Maybe someone who came for GNUjump will try something new like blast,
> and vice versa.

Hm...GSRC used to contain non-GNU packages (mostly for dependencies) and
I eventually removed them because the cost of maintaining was too high.
Since then, GSRC has just been a way to automate the installation of GNU
packages.  As such, I would recommend against merging the packages from
biosrc, but if you're very keen to do it I won't argue against it.

> Move packages around directories in pkg/ ? Yes
> Attempt logic and nonredundancy, high virtues.

Do you mean here to classify the packages?  Would the structure be:




or something else?


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