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The pkgsrc team is proud to announce the availability of the
pkgsrc-2012Q3 branch. There are many new packages, and some bug
fixes. More work has gone into making packages build with clang (as
well as different versions of gcc), and pkgsrc actively maintains
packages, removing unused or abandoned packages, while still adding
www.pkgsrc.org was converted to a wiki. We hope the contents will be a
bit less static now and keep you better informed about changes in
Lots of works was done this quarter on DragonFly and SmartOS (Illumos).
DragonFly at last count now boasts 11538 binary packages, while the
latest public bulk build by Joyent reported 9584 binary packages.
Impressive numbers -- congratulations!
Numbers of Packages
In pkgsrc, there are:
12014 total packages
11618 binary packages built with gcc for NetBSD-current/amd64
11374 binary packages built with clang for NetBSD-current/amd64
10875 pkgsrc entries
135 packages have been added this quarter
95 packages have been removed this quarter
Around 1280 packages have been updated this quarter
These numbers may not compare exactly to other (binary) packaging
systems; some packaging systems split large packages like boost up
into multiple packages, while others keep unused and unbuildable
As well as using gcc to compile packages, Joerg Sonnenberger has put
much effort into building packages with clang. At the present time,
11374 packages can be built using clang.
Symbola-ttf, TextFonts-ttf, abcl, apollo, atf-libs, choqok, coilmq,
dc-tools, delta, dhbitty, eliom, eog3, fdm, filebench, foo2zjs,
freeDiameter, gcc-aux, gcc47-libs, gedit3, gedit3-spell,
gnome-desktop3, grub2, gsettings-desktop-schemas, gtksourceview3,
holtz, iana-etc, irssi-xmpp, js_of_ocaml, konoha, kyua-atf-compat,
libktorrent, libopus, libpeas, mcollective, mksandbox,
modular-xorg-protos, mosh, ocaml-bz2, ocaml-curl,
ocaml-deriving-ocsigen, openafs, openxenmanager, opus-tools, about 45
perl modules, plink, 11 python modules, qoauth, 6 ruby modules, shtk,
since, sourcesans-fonts, sysbuild, sysbuild-user, sysupgrade,
tcl-tDOM, 9 texlive modular packages, virt-manager, virtinst, vte029,
wargames, wgetpaste, xcb-util-image, xcb-util-keysyms,
xcb-util-renderutil, xcb-util-wm, xcb-util036, xdvipdfmx, zsync
ArX, asterisk-sounds-extra, asterisk16, centericq, gcc3-java,
jitterbug, the merb package, obconf, ruby-psych, ruby19, scim-bridge,
simian, simian-docs, sope, the suse113 emulation packages, tcl-tclX,
thy, tk-expect, tk-tclX
For the next branch, we plan removing samba30; samba33 is scheduled
for removal for 2013Q2.
This is also the last branch to contain python25 (it was EOL'd about a
Other packages scheduled for removal are:
One neat feature of pkgsrc is its ability to sort package versions
based on the version numbers. It's used in audit-packages, to report
on any installed packages which may have security vulnerabilities in
them. pkgsrc-security%pkgsrc.org@localhost maintains lists of vulnerable
packages, along with reference URLs relating to the exposure. We
thank OBATA Akio, Daniel Horecki, Guillaume Lasmayous, and Tim
Zingelman for their hard work. Sample output from audit-packages is
Package openjpeg-1.5.0nb1 has a arbitrary-code-execution vulnerability, see
Package of the Quarter
Jörg Sonnenberger suggested clang, for making development fun again.
Alistair Crooks suggested ikiwiki, in honor of the new pkgsrc.org website.
While more information can be found in
tar files for pkgsrc, along with checksums, can be found at
and anonymous cvs can be used:
cvs -z3 -q -d anoncvs%anoncvs.NetBSD.org@localhost:/cvsroot checkout -r
pkgsrc-2012Q3 -P pkgsrc
pkgsrc is a cross-platform packaging system. It allows people to
download source, and to build and install binary packages on one or
Building packages from source is useful for a number of reasons:
+ not only is the provenance of source code checked (by using multiple
checksums), with pkgsrc, the version of source code you are working
with is the same that other developers and users have.
+ patches are maintained in a central repository, and, again, are
checked at patch application time by using digests. The patches
which are applied to the sources being built are the same ones which
are known to be used and proved by other pkgsrc users (not necessarily
on the same platform)
+ by building from source, all doubts about compilers, build practices
source code cleanliness, and packaging differences are removed.
Digital signatures of binary packages, while useful in themselves,
only prove certain aspects of binary package provenance. (pkgsrc has
had signed packages since 2001).
+ it may be difficult or impossible to find a pre-built package for
the operating system or architecture
+ a pre-built package may have further or conflicting pre-requisites,
which are themselves difficult to find or build. By building everything,
including pre-requisites, a from-source packaging system can ensure
that pre-requisites are present and integrated
At the present time, pkgsrc supports 19 platforms
Darwin/Mac OS X
Complete dependency and pre-requisite package information is held and
used by the package management software - if packages rely on other
packages to function properly, that pre-requisite will be built,
installed and managed as part of the package installation process.
Binary packages can be managed using pkgin.
On behalf of the pkgsrc developers
Mon Oct 1 09:58:15 CEST 2012
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