DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2009-05
Re: nb suffix to package names
> > > Two questions here:
> > > . what does the 'nb' suffix mean ?
> > > . what is the interpretation of the number after 'nb' ?
> No idea what current use is, but a NetBSD sub-ID similar to a more generic
> 'p(X) patchlevel does look to be a reasonable fit.
It adds a pkgsrc specific revision to an existing version.
Sometimes packages have a revision noted just because they differ from
upstream version. (But that depends on the maintainer.)
Anytime a resulting package changes, the "nb" number is increased by
updating the PKGREVISION variable. For example, changes may be: new
patches, different files installed, removed configuration options, changed
dependencies, etc. Note that if a ABI (binary interface) of a dependency
changes, the PKGREVISION of the dependent package is increased too, so a
new binary package will be built using that dependency's ABI. Whenever the
official version increased (due to update), the PKGREVISION variable may
be unset and so "nb" is removed.
For more information look at the pkgsrc Guide (pkgsrc/doc/guide.txt or
html) for PKGREVISION and nb.