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Re: Pacman?

From: Erik Wikström <erik-wikstrom@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 19:30:44 +0200

On 2006-08-14 19:20, Francis Gudin wrote:
On 14-08-2006, Erik Wikström <erik-wikstrom@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Haven't looked at pacman but I seem to recall that it's a utility for managing pkgsrc packages and as such it (probably) used the pkgsrc infrastructure to perform it's magic. Thus it ought to work seamlessly with the pkgsrc tools. At least as long as nothing breaks in the middle of operation.

You may think about a different 'man'agement tool. Here's an excerpt from the wiki:

Ah, I was thinking of pkgmanager.

Pacman was ported from Archlinux.

 The system is similar to ports/pkgsrc but uses build description files
 written in bash, called PKGBUILD, instead of Makefiles.

I guess pkgsrc could coexist with another third-party software
management tool, as long as both don't share anything on the filesystem.
pkgsrc keeps all its files under /usr/pkg by default; if pacman is able
to do so under another hierarchy, chances are it could work.

Still to define how pacman would be better, or what pkgsrc lacks wrt
pacman ? IMO, improving pkgsrc support for DragonFly is much more useful:
sharing with numerous platforms (not Linux-centric), clean framework, etc.


Yes, it should be possible, but it will be harder to administer (two systems instead of one) and I wonder how many of the packages that will work under DFly.

Erik Wikström

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