On Sat, Apr 7, 2018 at 12:57 PM, Lars Wendler <polynomia...@gentoo.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 7 Apr 2018 14:16:33 -0500 William Hubbs wrote:
>>On Sat, Apr 07, 2018 at 02:55:53PM -0400, Michael Orlitzky wrote:
>>> On 04/07/2018 02:44 PM, William Hubbs wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I'm with floppym on this one. Is there a specific reason we enable
>>> > them globally?
>>> It's a relic from before we had IUSE defaults.
>>> > Since there has been so little discussion on this thread, I will
>>> > start looking at what I need to do to remove these use flags from
>>> > the profiles.
>>> There's probably a few packages that will need IUSE defaults to avoid
>>> breakage, and everyone else should get fair warning before the flags
>>> are turned off by default.
>>There is the case of packages that optionally use a db back end,
>>and I would argue that those may not need iuse defaults.
>>It could also be argued that having one backend enabled globally is
>>good for consistency, but that would end up leading down a bikeshed
>>path that I'm not sure we should go down. I'm just not sure it makes
>>sense to enable more than one of these backends globally.
> Considering the questionable license situation with latest sys-libs/db
> releases (AGPL), I'd say we should prefer gdbm over berkdb in case we
> want to keep one db backend default enabled.
> IIRC Fedora is even trying to entirely getting rid of berkdb.

Interesting. I wasn't aware of that. Here's a link with more information:


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