Subject: Re: [ANNOUNCEMENT] The pkgsrc-2006Q3 branch
To: Alistair Crooks <>
From: David Aubril <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/02/2006 17:49:46
Thanks for your great work... But the file isn't there ! In fact, there 
is no 2006Q3 directory... Yet...

Alistair Crooks wrote:
> The pkgsrc-2006Q3 Branch
> ========================
> The pkgsrc developers are very proud to announce the new pkgsrc-2006Q3
> branch, which has support for more packages than previous branches. 
> As well as updated versions of many packages, the infrastructure of
> pkgsrc itself has been improved for better platform and compiler
> support, and also for enhanced security.
> At the same time, the pkgsrc-2006Q2 branch has been deprecated, and
> continuing engineering starts on the pkgsrc-2006Q3 branch.
> Some highlights of the new pkgsrc-2006Q3 branch are:
> + many, many packages have been updated to newer versions, to take
> advantage of fixes and improved functionality.  This includes
> 	+ gnome-2.16
> 	+ kde-3.5.4
> 	+ opera-9.02
> 	+ postgresql-8.1.4
> 	+ seamonkey-1.0.5 and firefox-
> 	+ thunderbird-
> 	+ zope-3.2.0
> 	+ ruby-1.8.5
> 	+ wireshark-0.99.3
> + other changes include
> 	+ we have deprecated mozilla in favour of seamonkey
> 	+ the SuSE 9.x packages for Linux emulation have been
> 	  superceded by SuSE 10 ones
> 	+ we also say goodbye to some other old favourites like
> 	  the separate XFree86 packages, and teTeX 2
> 	+ the addition of some pertinent bright, shiny packages such
> 	  as postgresql81-postgis, mping, libgpod, httping, cogito,
> 	  scmgit, xmms-osx, amaroc, lush, mp3cut, powerdns, zphoto,
> 	  imapsync, kismet and xenkernel30
> 	+ a considerable number of fixes for much better DragonFly BSD
> 	  operation, which will also benefit a lot of pkgsrc platforms,
> 	  with thanks to Joerg Sonnenberger
> The full list of platforms supported by pkgsrc is:  AIX, BSD/OS,
> Darwin (Mac OS X), DragonFly BSD, FreeBSD, IRIX, Interix, Linux,
> NetBSD, OSF1, OpenBSD, and SunOS (Solaris).  We would also like to add
> support for more platforms - please get in touch if you, too, are
> interested.
> + following DragonFly BSD's adoption of pkgsrc as their packaging
> system, Joerg Sonnenberger has continued to make a lot of changes,
> which include a number of modifications for packages which use POSIX
> threading libraries, and also enhanced support for gcc 3.4 and above
> + continuing engineering on the "stable" branches of pkgsrc has been
> much improved, and our thanks to the pkgsrc releng team for all the
> hard work they do in sanity checking pullup requests, and managing
> the stable branches in pkgsrc.
> + constant bulk building on a number of platforms has improved our
> ability to identify potential areas of concern, and to correct them
> sooner.  It has also improved our ability to make binary packages
> available, and we are working on ways to improve this further.  For
> more information, please refer to the pkgsrc-bulk mailing list,
> archives available at
> + the number of packages has been increased to 6229; the number of
> supported platforms continues to be 12, although we'd like to add
> support for HP/UX soon.  NetBSD, on all its supported architectures,
> is considered to be one pkgsrc platform.
> As always, we'd like to encourage users of the packages collection to
> install and run pkgsrc/security/audit-packages at least every day -
> this will provide notification of any packages which are vulnerable to
> exploit.  The pkgsrc-security team do a marvellous job in tracking
> notifications of vulnerabilities in packages, and disseminating this
> information, and our sincere thanks go to them for this essential work.
> We'd also really appreciate it if people would install the
> pkgsrc/pkgtools/pkgsurvey package, and then run the pkgsurvey script
> for us.  This will forward us a list of the packages installed on that
> machine, and the operating system and release level of the operating
> system.  The results will be kept confidential, but the output will
> help us analyse the packages that are most used.
> The source tar files for the new branch can be found at:
> 		or
> You can also use the "pkgsrc-2006Q3" tag to check it out yourself from
> or any of the mirrors.
> Alistair Crooks
> On behalf of the Packages Team
> The NetBSD Foundation