[arch-haskell] installing multiple versions of the same package
xyne at archlinux.ca
Tue Nov 9 07:54:28 EST 2010
Nicolas Pouillard wrote:
> On Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:59:54 +0100, Rémy Oudompheng <remyoudompheng at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 2010/11/8 Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org> wrote:
> > > On 08/11/10 19:51, Xyne wrote:
> > >> Magnus Therning wrote:
> > >>
> > >>>> I suggest adding them to a group named "haskell-platform" too.
> > >>>
> > >>> With or without having a haskell-platform package?
> > >>
> > >> Packages and groups should never have the same name. If you think a package
> > >> by that name would make more sense then forget I mentioned using a group.
> > >
> > > I personally think a (meta-) package is better than a group. I've never
> > > really understood groups. That is, I understand perfectly how they
> > > work, but
> > > I don't understand the reason for having them.
> > I see groups as a user-friendly manner of presenting, sorting,
> > installing packages, while meta-packages are friendlier to developers
> > and package managers (you can use a meta-package as dependency). I
> > don't think we are going to have depends=(haskell-platform) anywhere,
> > since all PKGBUILDs we have rely on the individual libraries.
> If there is so little difference, then I'm for the meta-package solution.
If I ever get around to implementing true optdeps  myself, them metapackages
will be truly useful. Until then, they leave the user with no real
configuration other than patching the package every time it's upgraded..
(It's one of my many explanations of how a relatively simple change could
fundamentally improve the situation and reduce overall complexity.)
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