Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 3 months ago

#46956 accepted enhancement

base should keep track of explicitly requested variants on install and only preserve those on upgrade

Reported by: neverpanic (Clemens Lang) Owned by: neverpanic (Clemens Lang)
Priority: Normal Milestone: MacPorts 2.7.0
Component: base Version: 2.3.3
Keywords: Cc: mojca (Mojca Miklavec), larryv (Lawrence Velázquez), dliessi (Davide Liessi), ci42, cooljeanius (Eric Gallager)
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Description

Base currently tries to preserve all installed variants when upgrading a port. In the case of version choice variants (such as perl5_16, llvm33, ...) this leads to a situation where a user does not actively choose a variant when installing, but the variant is still preserved even when the port's default variant changes later on. Users no longer get binary archives for these non-default variants and generally end up on rather outdated systems. We should modify MacPorts to only preserve variants that have been explicitly requested.

To do that, I propose we add a new database field requested_variants to the ports table of the registry. It should have the same format as the currently available variants and negated_variants field (which could, IMHO, be merged into one). The installation code should be modified to store the list of variants explicitly requested on the command line in this field. The upgrade code should also be modified to preserve the list of requested variants, not the list of all variants of a port.

A couple pointers to a possible implementation:

Change History (10)

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by neverpanic (Clemens Lang)

Cc: cal@… removed

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by mojca (Mojca Miklavec)

Cc: mojca@… added

Cc Me!

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by larryv (Lawrence Velázquez)

Cc: larryv@… added

Cc Me!

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by dliessi (Davide Liessi)

Cc: davide.liessi@… added

Cc Me!

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by mojca (Mojca Miklavec)

I wanted to point out a somewhat related "problem" reported in #51498.

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by ci42

Cc: ci42 added

comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by neverpanic (Clemens Lang)

Milestone: MacPorts 2.6.0

comment:8 Changed 3 years ago by neverpanic (Clemens Lang)

Owner: changed from macports-tickets@… to neverpanic
Status: newaccepted

comment:9 Changed 2 years ago by mojca (Mojca Miklavec)

Milestone: MacPorts 2.6.0MacPorts 2.7.0

comment:10 Changed 3 months ago by cooljeanius (Eric Gallager)

Cc: cooljeanius added
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