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Bug 586230 - Rename package dev-lisp/ecls to dev-lisp/ecl
Summary: Rename package dev-lisp/ecls to dev-lisp/ecl
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal normal (vote)
Assignee: Common Lisp Bugs
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-06-17 19:53 UTC by Chema Alonso Josa (RETIRED)
Modified: 2017-08-29 15:43 UTC (History)
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Description Chema Alonso Josa (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2016-06-17 19:53:44 UTC
According to the information in the current ebuild [1] and the content in the project's homepage [2] The name of this package is ecl no ecls. So it would be more correct to change its name and things would be easier for building some packages (like cl-unicode) since the package's name (ecls) and the package's binary differ in name. Besides, common-lisp-3.eclass assumes that CommonLisp packages and binaries have the same name (this is not true for ecls).

I've performed a search in the tree to see where this package is referenced and I've found the following packages affected:


It's referenced in use masks too (for instance in profiles/base/use.mask), so I think is not big deal to rename it.

Andrei, I CC you because you where the last to bump the ecls package.

Comment 1 Andrey Grozin gentoo-dev 2016-06-21 13:57:36 UTC
I agree that renaming this package will make life easier. The executable name is ecl, the tarball is ecl-16.1.2.tgz.
But there are many such packages. For clozurecl the executable name is ccl, the tarball is ccl-1.11-<platform>.tar.gz. So, this package, logically, should be ccl.
For cmucl the executable name is lisp (the tarball is cmucl-*.tar.bz2 though). So, other packages have to live with <executable> != <package_name>.
Renaming ecls -> ecl (and maybe clozurecl -> ccl) will require renaming the corresponding USE flags, changing a number of files in profiles, partial rewriting and revbumping a number of ebuilds. Some of them are stable. Stabilization after revbump will take an unpredictably long time (especially for ppc for which maxima-5.34.1 is stable). Probably many months (stabilization bug for maxima-5.37.3-r4 was files in January, still no reaction from ppc, and x86 also not done yet). Until that moment in a far future packages with old names (ecls, clozurecl) cannot disappear from the tree. What will be the status in the transition period (half a year or more) - both ecl and ecls in the tree, 2 sets of USE flags, etc.?
Comment 2 Stelian Ionescu 2016-06-21 14:54:38 UTC
The purpose of this change is to make the package name the same as the upstream project, which changed name from ECLS to ECL a few years ago.
It's *NOT* to make the package name and executable name the same. All other projects are mostly fine the way they are: Clozure's official executable wrapper is named "ccl", CMUCL's is "lisp", etc... The only nitpick might be that "clozurecl" should probably be named simply "clozure".
Comment 3 Andrey Grozin gentoo-dev 2016-06-21 15:38:01 UTC
OK. But, as I said, maxima-5.34.1 is stable on amd64, ppc, x86. Until it disappears from the tree, the package ecls cannot disappear. And this may take any time from a few months to infinity.