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Re: Remove BIND, Sendmail, Perl and etc from base?

From: Mark Wolfe <wolfem@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 12:07:05 +1000

From a user/sysadmin point of view I am all for a package system like the one debian.

On Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at 10:10 AM, Craig Dooley wrote:

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I definitely agree that the user system should be built using packages.
People dont care about downloading a 300meg source tree and waiting an hour
to get a new release. Yes rpm systems are a hassle to upgrade, but debian
has shown that you dont need source for a system. Debian allows someone to
do dpkg --get-selections > profile and have a list of programs to duplicate a
current working system. I like the environment idea to allow multiple
instances of needed dependancies (it would fix things like debian with libpng
or freebsd with freetype) but unless I am missing something, we're still
gonna need a build system to create these packages. Also, a database backed
approach seems the easies way to conserve bandwidth and allow full updates.
In my opinion, in the end, we should have a "buildworld" just rebuild all the
base packages and update them that way. People who care about the source can
get it just as easily, and people that dont won't ever have to worry. Also,
will ports stay with just a new backend for building packages? Will there be
a new build environment? A binary downloading frontend seems a necessity now
also. Just my thoughts

On Tuesday 22 July 2003 05:32 pm, Thierry Herbelot wrote:
Matthew Dillon wrote:
The eventual goal is to make *ALL* userland applications, including
things like cp, ls, etc... all operate through the packaging system,
and remember that it is the packaging system's goal to support
installation of multiple versions of anything without conflict.

oh no ! please !

a fine-grained packaging system used for the core OS is just a pain : I'm
fed up with DeathTrap or Mandrake or Suse or .... with their thousands of
- how do you upgrade such a machine ? (with something intelligent like
portupgrade ? but there are lots of oldish shared libs left behind)
- how do you duplicate a machine ? (preferably with some automatic
procedure) after living some time, it's very difficult to know the smallest
set of base rpms you have to select to get the same install (with the other
packages going in via dependencies)

One big selling point of FreeBSD is the relative ease of configuration
description : get the full OS, then add a smallish number of outside


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