Subject: Re: Seeking pkgsrc guru.
To: Peter Seebach <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: current-users
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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