Buildout: order of ‘extends’ configuration files

Yet another word to the wise: take care of your ordering of the ‘extends’ configuration files within your buildout.  It makes complete sense, and especially so with respect to version pinning: the later configuration’s versions will be the last one applied.

So, it makes a lot of sense (in hindsight!) that this configuration, and the fact I have version pins in my base.cfg, isn’t going to end well:

extends =

The Dexterity version pins are going to override the ones I have in my base.cfg.  This ends up meaning that Plone 4’s version pins get applied first (Plone’s main cfg is included in my base.cfg), then my ‘custom’ pins in base.cfg, then Dexterity’s over the top.  Any custom pins I had for packages used in Dexterity’s KGS just got squashed.

Essentially, if it looks like Buildout isn’t paying attention to your package pins, it’s not because it’s being disobedient, it’s likely because something’s overriding your settings.

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