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Re: packages, versions and browsers
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> Am I mistaken, or have things started to get awfully complicated when
> it comes to some packages? I've recently become convinced that there is a
> memory leak in the version of Firefox I've been running, which has
> made my personal workstation grind to a near halt. So I thought -
> I understand where you're coming from. I can offer an obsevation and a
> firefox seems to have stability/bloat issues, and it's not clear
> that's about NetBSD. There are a huge number of package dependencies.
> The pkgsrc stable branches are much more stable than head. I would
> suggest that you install from binary packages built for your os
> release and the most recent branch, and stick with that. When
> updating, it may be best to remove all old packages and then add the
> new ones.
Which is what I tried to do in the first place. But there does not seem to be
nicely wrapped-up version of firefox - that's just a script that needs
which is in <devel>. Maybe it's just 5.0.2 that lacks such a thing? Anyone?
> There are tools that I don't really understand for managing binary
> packages. Certainly there is pkg_chk, but also pkgin, which is on my
> list of things to understand. I believe that it's intended to support
> your use case.
pkgin is new to me too - nothing in my online manual. But in general, except
simple cases with few or no dependencies, the binary package environment does
complete enough to be dependable - it may just be detail that's missing here and
there, but those of us who are first and foremost users don't necessarily have
time to do a lot of option twiddling (remembering the twiddles from last time
the loop is hard enough). And these days, a working browser is not the luxury
> I personally build from source and use pkg_rolling-replace to manage it,
> but I do that partly because I commit to pkgsrc fairly often. I don't
> necessarily recomend that to new users.
I suppose I think that I ought to be able to work entirely from binary
be prepared to build from source in case of special needs. I have the skills,
it's not where I contribute to keeping the world turning. Thank you, in any
for a thoughtful and helpful answer.
Steve Blinkhorn <steve%prd.co.uk@localhost>
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