Compatability with FreeBSD Ports

Kris Kennaway kkenn at
Mon Aug 15 12:58:35 PDT 2005

On 2005-08-15, Toma¾ Bor¹tnar <tomaz.borstnar at xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Andreas Hauser wrote:
>> dillon wrote @ Fri, 12 Aug 2005 09:27:44 -0700 (PDT):
>>>    So the answer is no... we are going to have to move to (almost
>>>    certainly) pkgsrc and fix whatever issues we have with it.
>> Well, currently ports are still better than pkgsrc.
> Ports have warm feeling for us, because we use them for so long, not because they are generally best there.
>> And the way pkgsrc is
>> being forced upon us, politically instead of technically, will fail.
> Read technical debates here and you will learn than pkgsrc generally has wider view of operating systems. Read 
> freebsd-amd64 mailing list and you will learn that many ports are marked i386 only, because nobody bothered to check 
> whether they work fine on 64bit systems as well, etc. I dont mind which packaging system we use as long as it does do 
> the work and people use it.

Of course, that's irrelevant for dragonfly until it runs natively on
64-bit CPUs...

> It is a fact of life that FreeBSD wont adopt ports for other projects so this project would always need to play 
> catch-the-ports game like it did in the past. With pkgsrc you have other people supporting this project as well and 
> generally things should only improve with time because of that.

That's probably true,'s enough work for us to support
FreeBSD on 4 active branches.


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