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Re: what does you think of fink?

From: esmith <esmith@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2004 08:29:56 -0500

Rahul Siddharthan wrote:
Geiregat Jonas wrote:

Is there any other presently available pakaging system that is easier
and more reliable to use than fink?


What about using netbsd's pkgsrc , it's extremly portable ...

How is it better than FreeBSD's ports system?  It looks the same to me
and it was originally a port of FreeBSD's ports, they renamed it
"pkgsrc" because they use "ports" to refer to the different
architectures they run on.


The NetBSD pkgsrc system does deserve examination because they have attempted to solve the "multiple version problem". This PDF document, at the url below, explains the pkgviews aspect of pkgsrc:


excerpt from pkgviews.pdf:
'One of the main problems faced by users of the various systems is the means by which multiple versions of a package, or packages which "conflict" with each other, can co-exist at the same time.
To address that, a new system is proposed to allow any number of different versions of packages to co-exist at any one time, and the importance of dynamic packing is discussed.'
end of excerpt

IMHO, pkgsrc looks pretty good. Simply re-using the pkgsrc system would, save a lot of time and work and give DF something to use right now ( I'm getting tired of fixing FreeBSD ports ).

DF could probably even create a more memorable name than 'pkgsrc'.

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