Subject: Re: PROPOSAL: NetBSD System Packages (LONG)
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: David Brownlee <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/30/1998 18:21:20
	Since we are liable to have meta pkgs for various other reasons,
	how about a variation whereby a package-set is a meta-pkg, plus
	all its required packages in one tarfile.

	This would work for the install issue, plus might prove handy for
	normal packages as well - I'd quite like to be able to copy
	the kde package as one block from machine to machine...


                  -=-  "Maybe god will cover up his eyes"  -=-

On Thu, 1 Oct 1998, Hubert Feyrer wrote:

> On Wed, 30 Sep 1998, Jonathan Stone wrote:
> > I think meta-pkgs are Right Out. Once you buy into pkgsets instead,
> > and accept that pkgsets arent quite the same as normal pkgs, then ts
> > of the answers just fall out.  Jim and I seem to've got to the same
> > place, anyway.
> > But when all you have is the install floppy and missing a component
> > means rebooting DOS and refetching, or even scheduling a second visit
> > to a friends', or even another trip, its just not on.  Not just me,
> > I'm merely the poor sod working on sysinst at the time, who tried to
> > record it all. These were brought up as real, serious objections.
> Well, I've made my points. My hope was to get a system out of this that
>  - does scale well, even for fine granularity as we have in pkgsrc already
>  - can be used for system pkgs (sets) as well as pkgsrc pkgs
> As this is obviously not the goal here (per your cited concensus), all
> that's left is to wish you much luck.
>  - Hubert
> -- 
> Hubert Feyrer <>