Compatability with FreeBSD Ports [debian package tools]

Hiten Pandya hmp at
Wed Aug 17 08:26:21 PDT 2005

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As you said Joerg, that apt/dpkg* are good for managing packages then for 
building them; this seems to be backed by Andreas as well.

One of the only reason why I am still holding onto pkgsrc is because it 
has (atleast) some support for views or shall I say isolated installations 
of same package but different version; apart from that pkgsrc has no 
overall advantage over FreeBSD ports.

Another issue here, is that we have un-substantiated claims that FreeBSD 
port maintainers will not accept patch files to make ports work on 
DragonFly?  I have yet to see any evidence on this matter.

 > Please, let us abandone the idea of incrementally updating from source,
 > it is evil and the side-effects of not partially removing the dependency
 > trees don't justify it.

I agree here, it does not always work well.

Can we not use ports or pkgsrc as our build part of the problem, and 
produce packages that are understandable by APT* ?

In my opinion, the option to build packages is only useful to people who 
want extreme modifications to their applications.  I am sure most people, 
including me would not really care about source packages; I for one would 
not bother building OpenOffice or KDE locally, total waste of time.

Extremely important to get binary package management right, including 
dependency handling, (automatic) updating.

			Hiten Pandya
			hmp at xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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