Compatability with FreeBSD Ports [debian package tools]

Jeremy Messenger mezz7 at
Wed Aug 17 13:36:05 PDT 2005

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On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 22:54:32 +0200, Erik P. Skaalerud wrote:

> 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?

I guess, it's either because people keep talk with no action ;-) or
DragonFly isn't ready unless it is. Onebase Linux[1] has its own package
system that support both source and binary, but I never knew how good it
is compare to the others.



> 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 
> ports/pkgsrc)
> I dont know about you other guys, but a system like this would be a 
> dream for me.
> - Erik

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