[csw-maintainers] Problem with "alternatives" on updates

Philip Brown phil at bolthole.com
Fri Feb 5 21:10:14 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 11:04 AM, Dagobert Michelsen <dam at opencsw.org> wrote:
>> I agree with your assessment, but we should note that pkg-get doesn't
>> support hooks yet (unless I missed an update), so this could be
>> thorny.  Phil, are there plans to update pkg-get?  I know the last
>> time this was mentioned, you didn't have the time.  Has that changed
>> or is there someone else willing to add the feature?
> Without hooks the manual selection would just not be preserved.

Dago, you seem to be jumping automatically to "let's use hooks",
without considering if things can be achieved another way. I think
there are even MULTIPLE ways the desired behaviour can be achieved,
without using hooks.
hooks should only be used as a *last resort*. (because our packages
should do their best to work with plain old "/usr/sbin/pkgadd", as
well as the more common tools!)

Please examine the alternatives more thoroughly first.

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