[Exherbo-dev] Dropping the ipv6 option globally

Heiko Becker heirecka at exherbo.org
Wed Dec 11 19:11:54 UTC 2013


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> On 11.12.2013 18:55, Nikolay Orlyuk wrote:
>> I prefer to see Exherbo as a distributive which gives a good 
>> environment for developer and allows much more customization
>> than most user will want. Having some people using IPv4
>> configuration for some libs/programs usually allows to reveal
>> issues related with such variant in upstream (ex. net-misc/mtr).

But you have to do the actual testing. If you bump a package it's nice
to test it with different options enabled/disabled, but this probably
isn't done all the time. By hard-enabling IPv6, we can make sure that
the package is working in a configuration most of us would choose
anyway with less effort.

>> I'd prefer to to drop options in upstream first and only then in 
>> associated package.

If packages break by hard-enabling IPv6 we can always get them fixed
upstream (or temporarily keep an option for the package in question).

On 11/12/13 19:24, Wulf C. Krueger wrote:
> In general, we strive to provide sensible defaults and options
> that make sense. The IPv6 option is completely anachronistic these
> days - the IPv4 address space is exhausted, IPv6 connectivity can
> be acquired without cost even if your provider doesn't cooperate
> and we don't have IPv4 options either.

- From e-f-s: "Packages should provide user options where reasonable and
useful, but it is not necessary to spend excessive effort to support
every obscure little tweak."
As Wulf pointed out supporting it has become indeed an obscure tweak
and I'm thus all for abandoning it.

- -- 
Best regards,
Heiko Becker
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