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Re: automagic pkg-config search path detection is bad, please remove it

From: Ariadne Conill
Subject: Re: automagic pkg-config search path detection is bad, please remove it
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2021 22:14:15 -0500 (CDT)


On Mon, 25 Oct 2021, Thomas Dickey wrote:

On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 06:32:07AM -0500, Ariadne Conill wrote:

...abusive rant snipped.

I'm sorry that you feel my "rant" was abusive.

None-the-less, with the changes made in ncurses 6.3, you have effectively declared the pkgconf debug output to be a stable interface, without even communicating with me, or from what I have been told, any other maintainer of any pkg-config implementation.

You might not see it that way, but it is the reality: if pkgconf now changes its debug output, in such a way that it breaks the ncurses build, I will not hear the end of it until that change is reverted. This means that I will now have to build infrastructure to do regression testing against the *debug* output, to ensure that there is no regression introduced to it, because of your decision to start scraping it. All of this new regression testing imposes a significant burden on me, and that burden was imposed without my consent.

I believe as free software maintainers, we should try to respect each other, which includes not throwing each other under the bus by imposing undue burdens upon each other.

Please respect the maintainers of pkg-config implementations by using only stable interfaces, and not scraping debug output. Other projects are likely to copy your autoconf macro into their own projects, which will reinforce the burden you have imposed on the collective maintainers of pkg-config implementations to provide stable interface guarantees for *debug* output.


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