New packages mirroring scheme, and a plan
dillon at apollo.backplane.com
Fri Nov 2 10:15:22 PDT 2007
:I found pkg_add (and I think 'make bin-install') can be set to use a CGI
:target that will accept redirects to mirror sites. The Plan is to set a
:redirect script up on pkgbox.dragonflybsd.org, and then modify the default
:shell profiles/rc files on DragonFly to point at that URL.
:The goal of the Plan is to make any new DragonFly system able to install
:software 'out of the box'. You then do not have an out-of-date pkgsrc src
:tree, and you do have a relatively reliable network installation system
:that works immediately and probably faster than building from source.
:Does anyone have an objection to 'The Plan'?
I think this is an excellent idea (as we discussed a while back). It
will allow us to set a default target for downloading packages for all
of our distributions and generally make things a whole lot easier
to deal with.
The only issue that came up last time it was discussed was the fact
that pkg_add tries to get a full directory every time it accesses
via a HTTP address, which can take a while. I recall Joerg saying
that was being worked on. I think we can live with it until it gets
dealt with by the pkgsrc folks.
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