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Re: Using --manfistest with <profile>/manifest files

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Using --manfistest with <profile>/manifest files
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:44:54 +0200
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Hi Pierre,

Pierre Neidhardt <> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <> writes:
>> I think there were several issues we discussed:
> Allow me to reiterate, at the risk of bikeshedding... :)
>>   1. We can only approximate that actual profile content; storing
>>      an approximate ‘manifest.scm’ along with the profile would IMO be
>>      deceptive.
> Why is an approximate file more of a problem than a command producing
> an approximate result?  We could include a warning comment at the top of
> the file to make it explicit that it's approximate.
>>   2. It’s easy to maintain compatibility over a data format, but it’s
>>      much harder to maintain compatibility for code.
> I'm confused: my suggestion is to add a new data format, so isn't it
> better then?

We seem to be talking past each other.  IMO, exporting a file is easily
done and better than nothing.  I think we should be pragmatic.

If you want, maybe you can prototype something that we could discuss?


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