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Bug 77873 - Request: A facility to "watch" certain packages
Summary: Request: A facility to "watch" certain packages
Alias: None
Product: Portage Development
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Core (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Portage team
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-01-13 11:30 UTC by David
Modified: 2017-06-03 22:05 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description David 2005-01-13 11:30:18 UTC
The facility to "watch" certain packages would be very useful.  For example, the file /etc/portage/ could exist with pairs of "app-misc/mypackage Don't upgrade this one yet!" as a reminder.  When packages are going to be upgraded, or even perhaps in the output of emerge search too, a user specified message can then remind sysadmins.

This would be useful where people are waiting for a certain version of a package (e.g. for feature enhancements: "check if xyz is supported yet"), where people have custom overlays (e.g. bug 77353, "rebuild overlay before upgrading").  It would be very useful where more than one person deals with a lot of Gentoo servers with overlays.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 Radek Podgorny 2005-01-13 12:13:30 UTC
That would be a cool feature, indeed...
Comment 2 Ian P. Christian 2005-01-16 07:26:44 UTC
great idea, solves a few of my problems such as
 - changing apaaches suexec_root requires a customer ebuild, being warned about this  would be priceless
 - exim I have some customer stuff
 - courier I have an autocreate mailbox patch...

at the moment, I have to remember this, and tell my other admin, this idea would *really* improve how I can use portage and overlay.
Comment 3 Theo Zourzouvillys 2005-01-19 04:31:03 UTC
would be great to see this added
Comment 4 Jason Stubbs (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-07-28 07:25:19 UTC
Putting a hold on feature requests for portage as they are drowning out the 
bugs. Most of these features should be available in the next major version of 
portage. But for the time being, they are just drowning out the major bugs and 
delaying the next version's progress. 
Any bugs that contain patches and any bugs for etc-update or dispatch-conf can 
be reopened. Sorry, I'm just not good enough with bugzilla. ;) 
Comment 5 Marius Mauch (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-01-11 14:25:04 UTC
Reopening for consideration.
Comment 6 Zac Medico gentoo-dev 2013-02-15 21:09:32 UTC
I think /etc/portage/package.mask is suitable for this, and it has support for comments which emerge will display automatically. The --autounmask-keep-masks option from bug 372485 may be useful.