On 2018-08-10, Erik Bray <erik....@gmail.com
> I ask because I *am* interested in having pre-built binary packages
> that can be dropped into Sage, but that would be slightly different.
If I understand correctly, having pre-built packages would be totally
orthogonal to the question whether old style packages should still be
Originally, I was against changing from old to new style spkgs, and I
still don't see a very compelling reason why the change was made.
Isn't the only difference that everything that used to be in a single
bzip compressed tar ball (spkg-install, spkg-check, SPKG.txt, patches,
the upstream sources) is now more distributed (with upstream sources
in upstream/ and the rest in build/pkgs)?
I do see an advantage of having spkg-* under version control. And I do
of course see that in the long run it isn't very fruitful to support two