Subject: Re: Seeking pkgsrc guru.
To: Peter Seebach <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <email@example.com>
Date: 07/20/2004 13:40:24
On Tue, 20 Jul 2004, Peter Seebach wrote:
> I'm going to be writing about pkgsrc. I'd like a guru to offer
> advice, suggest things I've overlooked, and so on. My goal is to make sure
> that pkgsrc is well-represented in this article, which is intended for
> publication. I'm sort of looking along the lines of the article I did
> a while back for OSDN about the rc.d system.
> In particular, I am very curious about the history of pkgsrc, and my initial
> poking around has found very little documentation about this. I know it's
> a NetBSDism, but I can't find a Design & Implementation document, or anything
> entirely similar. (Although the pkgsrc documentation is, indeed, wonderful.)
By the way, I also have a contract to write a pkgsrc article for a
print Linux magazine.
You may want to post to the tech-pkg list to reach a wider pkgsrc
The history of pkgsrc is basically an import of FreeBSD ports in October
1997. (OpenBSD started with the same ports, I think, in September.)
FreeBSD ports was started around August 1993. I think Jordan Hubbard wrote
the initial pkg_* tools around July 1993.
Jeremy C. Reed
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