On Thu, 16 May 2019 16:06:51 +0100 Andy Pieters email@example.com wrote:
On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 3:23 PM mike lojkovic via arch-general < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Suggesting pacman add some portage style features for dependency resolution and packaging? Modifying packages on a local system to fix bugs caused by versions of packages?
Arch Linux has always made it clear that partial upgrades are unsupported. I have had to do some hair-raising things to recover some systems after doing partial upgrades, but this perhaps may make all of our lives a bit easier. Even if their official stance on partial upgrades remains, it would at least a more sane safeguard against ending up in a system that can only be recovered by the guruest of gurus. (e.g. you upgraded glibc and nothing works any more, or you've broken pacman,...)
I was not suggesting partial upgrades; but, I suppose that feature would be come along as a result. I'm referring to the fact that using Quarry to manage Ruby packages installed caused an edge caused a naming issue with the main repos. There used to be ruby-unicorn on the arch repos, which has been renamed to ruby-unicorn-engine mainly out of Quarry pointing out issues with naming. So, ruby-unicorn is a ruby gem that does web server stuff, and ruby-unicorn in the official repos had something to do with hardware emulation. The ruby-unicorn in Quarry was using the proper ruby name for the package, while the arch repo one was using a different name for the their ruby gem.
So, I have to modify pacman.conf to keep the ruby-unicorn from Quarry installed, and I still receive warnings about the name change. Actually, I'll keep getting that warning if I install the properly named ruby-unicorn, according to the gems list. It would be nice to just modify the depenendencies locally.