[nycbug-talk] ports systems. . .

Marc Spitzer mspitze1
Sat Sep 4 13:39:05 EDT 2004

On Sat, 04 Sep 2004 01:21:57 -0400
"G.Rosamond" <george at sddi.net> wrote:

> <not an attempt at starting a flame war>
> Ike and I had a long discussion this evening about ports systems. . .
> Certainly a ports system that operates on multiple platforms is 
> desirable.
> The clear choices in the discussion are Darwin Ports v NetBSD's
> pkgsrc.
> darwin ports only has 1790 ports at this point, while pkgsrc has 4948.

no opinion on darwin port but some bits about pkgsrc:

1: pkg src has a package to automatically port a simple freebsd port to 
a pkgsrc port, so the potential of quick growth of port count is there:


and for RPMs(did not know about this one):


and this

2: it works on windows, supported by the company that did SFU

> darwin ports operates on 4 platforms, pkgsrc runs on 10.
> Certainly, the simplification of ports across platforms would be
> hugely beneficial, although it would be hard to argue against the
> quantity available with FBSD's ports.  Widespread use with multiple
> platforms could mean better auditing outside of that done by the
> developers, plus other benefits, of course.
> Who is using Darwin ports on platforms other than OS X?  Who is using 
> pkgsrc on platforms other than NetBSD?  I know Marc S had some insight
> on pkgsrc, and expressed utter delight. . .
> Again, this isn't about starting a flame war, but maybe we could even 
> begin to articulate the strengths and shortcomings of both ports 
> systems.
> g
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