Package download statistics

Francois Tigeot ftigeot at
Sun Jun 2 09:25:03 PDT 2013

On Sun, Jun 02, 2013 at 11:42:54AM -0400, Justin Sherrill wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 8:32 AM, John Marino <dragonflybsd at> wrote:
> > The bigger question, of course, is *why* pkgsrc users are likely to build
> > from source?  Could it be that they had lots of issues with that in the
> > past?  Who wouldn't want something fast and quick if it were trustworthy?
> > The "indication" alone is telling.
> I'm the fool that was building the pkgsrc binaries, and _I_ was
> recommending that people use pkg-rolling_replace - it led to the least
> amount of surprise for people.  We have never had a good,
> always-up-to-date collection of binaries for pkgsrc, and there's a
> number of reasons: the person building them (me) wasn't the person
> fixing them, the person fixing them would burn out from the work, the
> build cycle took weeks when it worked, the build cycle would take even
> longer when it didn't work, pkgsrc traditionally was a from-source
> system, I am an idiot, etc.

Let's not forget pkgsrc has no modern binary package manager comparable
to pkg(8)* and still uses the traditional pkg_install etc... commands.

pkg_radd is a hack, a nice hack but it can't update an existing package

Francois Tigeot

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