Subject: Re: UUCP removal from OpenBSD
To: Frederick Bruckman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jim Bernard <email@example.com>
Date: 09/30/2001 08:14:23
On Sun, Sep 30, 2001 at 08:59:28AM -0500, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> That's not the only question. The separate question is, can we count
> on anyone else to maintain in such a way that it still works on
> NetBSD? Maybe we can, but I resist ripping things out for that reason.
> It's awkward and inelegant to maintain software as patches to a
> distribution, and especially bad once the distribution disappears.
> Fine grained base packages would be the ideal solution, in that we
> could still retain the source in the repository without requiring
> everyone to have it installed.
How about adding a netbsd category to pkgsrc, having packages for various
userland things like uucp. The sources could be maintained under netbsd
control, as they are now (no patches in the package), so maintenance of
the packages themselves would be minimal. It seems like a nice, easy way
to get started on "packagizing" userland. Of course, there is the question
of convenience in maintaining the source code---is it kept in a directory
tree or a tarball?