[pacman-dev] Pacman depending on package naming scheme

Xavier shiningxc at gmail.com
Fri Jun 29 08:58:39 EDT 2007

2007/6/28, Dan McGee <dpmcgee at gmail.com>:

> I know Andrew just had a commit dealing with a very similar thing in
> the xdelta creation in makepkg, and he removed the dependency on a
> package having a certain name. This is the same sort of issue, and I
> think it would be wise for us to fix it everywhere we can. Not only
> does this free us up from the CARCH issue, note the amount of code we
> can remove because of it. (For a side note- I challenge anyone to
> start submitting patches to the list that result in a net removal
> rather than addition of code. They are a lot more helpful than you
> would think.)

Isn't this only a temporary problem, due to the addeda arch suffix in
pacman 2 -> pacman 3 transition ?
If so, can't we just drop the old package scheme at some point, and
parsing will then be easier (just like before).

> Does anyone have concerns with this, and does anyone have some great
> ideas how to (re)implement partial cache cleaning functionality
> correctly? The old way wasn't phenomenal, and  I just got rid of it in
> this first commit here. There were also many shortcomings in it as you
> can see in the comments throughout that section.

I didn't really look into it (already so many things to look at ;))
but I'm just curious, what were the main problems this code had ?
Anyway, I'm afraid it can't be just dropped without being
reimplemented, because I believe many users use that. (not me though)
Or maybe it should be asked how badly this feature is needed / used.

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