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Re: pkg/41278: NetBSD mirror system is virtually useless for packages
The following reply was made to PR pkg/41278; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Michal Suchanek <hramrach%centrum.cz@localhost>
Cc: pkg-manager%netbsd.org@localhost, gnats-admin%netbsd.org@localhost,
Subject: Re: pkg/41278: NetBSD mirror system is virtually useless for packages
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 10:21:25 +0200
On 25/04/2009, Michal Suchanek <hramrach%centrum.cz@localhost> wrote:
> On 25/04/2009, Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg%britannica.bec.de@localhost> wrote:
> > The following reply was made to PR pkg/41278; it has been noted by GNATS.
> > From: Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg%britannica.bec.de@localhost>
> > To: gnats-bugs%NetBSD.org@localhost
> > Cc:
> > Subject: Re: pkg/41278: NetBSD mirror system is virtually useless for
> > packages
> > Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 13:30:42 +0200
> > On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 08:30:00AM +0000, hramrach%centrum.cz@localhost
> > > - most ftp daemons do not support "dir bash*.t[bg]z" which pkg_add
> > > uses to locate bash package. Note the  in the glob. Accessing the
> > > mirror through http somewhat works but it is slow. Also the mirrors
> > > are listed as ftp in the mirror list, NetBSD has no documented http
> > > mirrors.
> > Update your pkg_install. pkg_install hasn't used glob patterns since
> > 20070416. HTTP processing is slower due to the need to fetch the full
> > index. Somewhat smarter processing will be added at some point, to cache
> > it more aggressively, but many server don't honour if-modified-since etc
> > for directory listenings.
> pkg_install shipped with NetBSD 4.0.1 does that, and so does
> pkg_install-20090326 shipped with pkgsrc 2009Q1.
It's somewhat different:
I got pkg_install-20090326 as a dependency the first time I installed
something form pkgsrc but the binaries are only installed in
/usr/pkg/sbin, not /usr/sbin so running pkg_add still invokes the
Running the new pkg_add with -v no longer shows any ftp fetch so I am
not sure what it is doing.
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