PKGSRC will be officially supported as of the next release

Martin P. Hellwig mhellwig at
Sun Sep 4 04:43:50 PDT 2005

Matthew Dillon wrote:
:asmodai wrote @ Sat, 3 Sep 2005 16:06:22 +0200:
:> -On [20050903 14:27], walt (wa1ter at xxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
:> >wip/pkgmanager is a new attempt at an upgrade tool.  I've been making
:> >suggestions to the author who has been very happy to have the feedback.
:> >It's still alpha-quality at this early stage, but promising.
:> I hope that's not the lisp program though.  I have something against
:> depending on exotic languages nowadays. :P
:Exotic? Common Lisp is an iso standard!
:Doing such stuff in C is not really a good decision.

    The problem with using languages like that is often that they require
    significant infrastructure just to work.  It's a big problem for a 
    package manager to have to have a dozen libraries and fifty megabytes
    worth of packages installed before the package installer itself will
    run.  We've encountered this issue just trying to make 'cvsup' and
    perl-driven programs work on multiple occassions.

Perhaps a package manager written in python is worth to think about.
Still the problem is again base infrastructure, but this could be worked 
around by porting pyinstaller from linux/windows to BSD 
(, then a single 
stand-alone binary can be made out of a python script.

IMHO this should theoretically solve most of the technical base 
requirements for a package manager, although I don't know whether 
pyinstaller can be easily ported to BSD and/or 64 bit.


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