Pending Packages List, 2004-01-23

Charles Wilson
Fri Jan 30 02:33:00 GMT 2004

Rafael Kitover wrote:
> I got Locale::gettext packaged here:
> If anyone wants to maintain it, just put your name into the README and send out
> an ITP...
> If not, and it seems to be a good idea to anyone, I'll maintain it I guess :)

Danger, Will Robinson!

We really have not worked out how to manage "packages" that are perl 
modules -- because perl maintains a database of installed packages, too! 
  So somehow, you have to
   1) make sure you don't include that database file in the package -- 
or you'll clobber the user's existing db.
   2) figure out how to update that database via a commandline, and 
provide a postinstall script and preremove script that adds/removes an 
entry for your perl module

There may be additional issues, as well; this is going to take some 
work, and some time, to get right.   Thus, I don't think we need to 
delay 'help2man' in order to wait for these ripples to smooth out -- 
help2man works _now_ without locale support.  Good 'nuf.

Once you've worked out the issues with perl modules/setup.exe and 
Locale::gettext is "good to go" then perhaps the help2man maintainer 
will update to use it.  But IMO there's no hurry there.


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