[PC-BSD Testing] Runports needs help

Fabrizio Parrella fabrizio at bibivu.com
Tue Jun 16 08:23:18 PDT 2009

maybe we can have runport always set, and have a command to run to go 
back to the current operational mode


Ian Robinson wrote:
> Dear Kris,
> Looking at the number of fixes you are posting to the Trac for 7.1.1, 
> you are working hard seven days a week.  We are all anticipating the 
> upcoming release of 7.1.1 and its refinement of the 7.1 base.
> For PCBSD 7.2 or PCBSD 8.0, which ever comes first, please consider 
> this comment for addition to the Wish List of improvements: 
> Improve the setup and implementation of the local user base issue 
> ("runports") by having the runports preparatory work completed and 
> ready-to-run as part of the ports installation.   The the idea behind 
> having ports installed in a local user base is a great one to fulfill 
> the purpose that the base system will not get broken by a user 
> installing ports.
> However, while editing configuration files and running whatever shell 
> scripts need running is a trivial task, completing the very lengthy 
> "make" process is a barrier, consumes several hours or overnight to 
> compile, and might end in failure anyway.   Right now the local 
> base-runports issue is causing confusion amongst users and is 
> therefore a barrier to PCBSD and potentially harmful to its reputation 
> as an easy to use operating system.
> See http://forums.pcbsd.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=13714&p=81224#p81224 
> <http://forums.pcbsd.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=13714&p=81224#p81224> 
> which lists several forum links where confusion surrounding the 
> runports problem has surfaced.
> If a user chooses to install the optional ports tree (which is a big 
> plus for PCBSD users), he or she will necessarily need to use 
> runports.  If the runports preparation was ready for use through the 
> installation, a user could select runports and thereafter follow the 
> traditional method to cd to the port's location,and install the port 
> without further fuss or knowledge.
> Pros:  Elimination of confusion, ease-of-use, easy adaptation of 
> PCBSD, protection from breaking the system base.
> Cons:  Kris will have to do more work compiling the parts for 
> installation.
> I wonder what others think?
> Ian Robinson
> Salem, Ohio
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