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From: Abdulaziz Ghuloum <aghuloum@xxxxxxxxx> Subject: Re: Please drop the ^main^ thing Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2009 09:10:23 +0300 > On Sep 26, 2009, at 5:18 AM, Shiro Kawai wrote: > > If the library is untarred somewhere else > > and 'make install'ed, auxiliary files can be left in the > > untarred site (or 'make install' puts them in different > > place). > > If you have a package manager, then it's not a problem, > except that you cannot run files directly from the sources > directory. You always have to install then run. Right? Yes. But the discussion shifted to assume there are enough demand that packages may be just untarred directly under a directory in the search path. > If you have a package "Acme Foo" that has the libraries you > listed above, there are two options: > > With the implicit main, you get > (acme foo) => acme/foo/main.sls > (acme foo helper1) => acme/foo/helper1.sls > ... > E.g., everything under a single directory. > > If we don't have an implicit main, you'd have to get: > (acme foo) => acme/foo.sls > (acme foo helper1) => acme/foo/helper1.sls > ... > E.g., there are files under "acme" and files under "acme/foo". Nah, the discussion is like this. Suppose there are two packages. Sample package 1: Your package have sources for (acme foo), (acme foo helper1), (acme foo helper1 auxutil) and README. Sample package 2: Your package have single source for (acme bar) and README. Then files may be expanded to: "Everything under a single directory" policy: package 1: acme/foo/main.sls acme/foo/helper1.sls acme/foo/helper1/auxutil.sls acme/foo/README package 2: acme/bar/main.sls acme/bar/README Not much here to confuse, right? "No implicit main policity": package 1: acme/foo.sls acme/foo/helper1.sls acme/foo/helper1/auxutil.sls acme/foo/README ? maybe... package 2: acme/bar.sls ... where to put README? create bar subdir *just* for README? ... > I feel stronger towards the second, leaving it to Andreas's > package manager to deal with the first. Yeah, "we'll have smart package manager that deal with mess" is one solution. But I do understand Derick's concern; relying on extra software component, which isn't even built, doesn't seem a good practice. "Untar under a search path" will be guaranteed to work with minimum requirement. (I personally think 'make' is a safe bet, but opinions vary.) --shiro