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Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add higan.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gnu: Add higan.
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:27:35 +0200
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address@hidden (Taylan Ulrich "Bayırlı/Kammer") skribis:

> address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) writes:


>> In what sense is it unsuitable?  It’s OK to have a couple of patches,
>> but it’s not quite OK to host a fork of the upstream package, IMO (at
>> the very least, it can create confusion and make it harder to see how it
>> differs from the “real” package.)
> The repo is just for having a consistent place from which the source can
> be fetched, as the author doesn't want source bundles to be downloaded
> from his website.  No changes to the code are made.
> The repo at GitLab didn't seem to tag releases properly.  That being
> said, now that I look at it, it seems more like an oversight for v098.
> Other releases seem to be tagged quite consistently:
> Should we use that repo instead?  It's a bit more official than mine.

Yes, I think it would be more appropriate.

>>>   * The program insists on looking in ~/.local/share for some data files
>>>     that are actually installed in $prefix/share; does my strategy here
>>>     look OK, in that I wrap the executable to copy the data files into
>>>     ~/.local/share every time the program is run?
>> Sounds like a sledgehammer no?  :-)
>> If those files are immutable, what about patching Higan to look for
>> those files in $datadir instead?
> Apparently, the files that are part of the distribution are pure data
> files, i.e. fine to be read-only.  However, the directory hierarchy of
> which they're a part needs to be writable, as higan creates further
> files there.  With that cp -r, the directory hierarchy is made sure to
> be there, and the data files made sure to be up to date.
> Although I didn't look too closely at the sources, patching higan to do
> things differently would presumably be a nontrivial task, since it seems
> bent on doing things in terms of this directory structure that contains
> both pure data and read-write data files.

Hmm OK.  What do other distros do?

Thank you!


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