On Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:32:48 +0200
Kristian Fiskerstrand <k...@gentoo.org> wrote:

> On 08/08/2017 07:23 PM, William L. Thomson Jr. wrote:
> > Can you think of any? I cannot see any operator wanting a binary of
> > a binary, or a package of sources. When they already have a
> > sources  
>  - The machine you're installing it on might not have internet access
> so you want to have the files stored in a single location for
> wrapping it up.

Not sure that would be any different between distfiles and packages.

>  - You might want an audit trail of installed packages, so using the
> binary files on specific media ensures same copy is installed
> everywhere

Doesn't the manifest/hash aspect of ebuilds ensure that for the
tarballs already? If installing same version, same tarball, Its all the
same already.

>  - You might be applying local patches through /etc/portage/patches
> that are distributed to all clients

This might be the strongest reason. Though would only apply to stuff
like say kernel sources. Not sure what patches could be applied to a
binary ebuild, -bin. A patch would not effect src_install per my

> On 08/08/2017 07:23 PM, William L. Thomson Jr. wrote:
> >> it can already be controlled through env files.  
> > I was thinking it might, but having used them to skip other hooks. I
> > was thinking they could not be used as such for binary packages.
> > Have you confirmed such is possible?  Could you provide a link or
> > example? Thanks!  
> try something like:
> /etc/portage/env/nobin:
> FEATURES="-buildpkg"
> /etc/portage/package.env/nobin:
> sys-kernel/gentoo-sources nobin

That may work, I was not thinking to negate.  Trying it out now. But
may lead me to another need... :)

William L. Thomson Jr.

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