Compatability with FreeBSD Ports [debian package tools]

Erik P. Skaalerud erik at
Wed Aug 17 12:54:32 PDT 2005

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As Joerg said earlier, why not rather look at _why_ people love to use 
apt instead of pkg_*?

Can't we just try to make our own packaging system (like apt wich is 
easy to use) wich could perhaps use packages as primary medium, but yet 
provide a posibillity to compile software like we do with ports/pkgsrc?

It's just a matter of specifying in a repo that XYZ package cannot be 
distrubuted binary, so it will just auto-default to compile it. And if 
"power users" wants to compile their own software, they can do that if 
they want to by turning on a compile-default flag instead of a standard 
binary-default flag (with being able to use flags like we already do in 

I dont know about you other guys, but a system like this would be a 
dream for me.

- Erik

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