Mike Frysinger wrote:
> On Wednesday 25 April 2012 02:26:19 Steven J Long wrote:
>> Mike Frysinger wrote:
>> > Paul Varner wrote:
>> >> Robin H. Johnson wrote:
>> >> > Why are we keeping it? I move that we remove it. It's been replaced
>> >> > by USE flags in metadata.xml for several years now.
>> >> euse from gentoolkit still uses it since it is written in bash and XML
>> >> parsing in bash can be problematic. We really need to get euse
>> >> rewritten in python so it can use the portage and gentoolkit API's
>> >> before we get rid of the file.
>> > it's also a bit of a speed issue. i often want to look at what flags
>> > get used
>> > across the tree. what's faster: loading + parsing 15000 xml files, or
>> > loading 1 file ? shifting it to metadata/ as a cache of all the xml
>> > files is probably fine, but i'm not sure dropping it completely is an
>> > improvement.
>> Agreed. I don't think it's a good idea to lose the ability to script
>> against the tree from bash.
> technically, you can script with xml files just fine from bash. install
> app- text/xmlstarlet and use the `xml` tool.
Oh, I've been a fan for several years
I still don't want to require it
as a dependency, especially when, as you say, it's quick and easy to access
a single file per-repo.
There's utility in it, and there isn't any real gain in ditching it, beyond
not requiring its generation. And since it's been unnoticed for such a long
while, it can't be causing any real troubles. So why lose its usefulness?
It certainly counts as a file that should be synchronised as part of the
repo, though. So if you're going to move it to /var, better to move
/usr/portage itself, imo.
(This thread feels like it's really about that, tbh, but users can already
set it where they want and often just have a separate partition, or if
they're bothered have already configured it to /var/portage, so it's more
about new users, and whether a baselayout change is worth the hassle.)
 cf: /msg friendlyToaster xml
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