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Re: Ports & Pkg Mgr

From: David Leimbach <leimy2k@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 23:54:03 -0500

On Sep 27, 2003, at 11:03 PM, James Frazer wrote:

A C callable API -- hmm -- okay so how does this relate to their current TCL code? I haven't actually played with dports first-hand so I'm still ignorant of its ways.

The idea is it shouldn't interfere with the current Portfile syntax which was always secretly TCL :). Of course ideas are in flux right now.

Interesting. Right, so do you know what the status for darwin ports on non-darwin OS's is? I know someone had it working on FreeBSD.

I don't actually... Yes people had it working on different BSD's and even Linux I think as well as Solaris.

Okay here is a question for you -- Is the dports system in a mature enough state that one should spend any significant amount of time/effort writing portfiles for it? (without something changing that would make them all obsolete). I understand that dports will never acquire full acceptance until enough portfiles are written for it.

We have 580+ ports already and I would say that's mostly just OS X users and Darwin users. People are currently working on making the part of
darwinports that are platform specific more easily expressed as such without being too invasive.

DragonflyBSD seemed more likely to adopt dports [over the other BSDs] because they are a smaller group and can do pretty much whatever they want -- hence my interest and initial inquiry here. Not having a Mac and being a noname in FreeBSD-land has kept me at a distance from current efforts to do anything with dports.


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