Subject: Re: How to use on OpenBSD? (has Perl-5.8.8 in OBSD base)
To: None <>
From: The masked-coder known as Randux <>
List: pkgsrc-users
Date: 03/14/2007 01:41:48
-------- Original Message --------
From: David Brownlee <>
Subject: Re: How to use on OpenBSD? (has Perl-5.8.8 in OBSD base)
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 23:21:43 +0000 (GMT)

> On Tue, 13 Mar 2007, The masked-coder known as Randux wrote:
> >
> > I'm not asking anyone to change anything, I'm just trying to understand 
> > what you are saying because I didn't see an explanation in the pkgsrc 
> > user guide of this issue.
> >
> > Is it correct that if you use pkgsrc on OpenBSD that you are basically 
> > maintaining two parallel sets of everything that happens to be common?
>  	For the specific case of perl, pkgsrc is setup to build a
>  	perl which looks for its modules in certain places, such
>  	that pkgsrc perl modules live under /usr/pkg like any other
>  	package. Other native programs and libraries are used where
>  	reasonable, such as the compiler, flex, libz, etc.
> -- 
>  		David/absolute       -- No hype required --

Hello David,

Thanks for your note.

Whilst pkgsrc works quite well for me on NetBSD (don't really recall any major problems at all) it doesn't seem to be working very well on OpenBSD 4.0. I've run into three broken packages already tonight, one I was able to run down on the list archives, it's been repeatedly broken/fixed/broken/fixed since 2004 (gpgme) and now firefox2 and sylpheed-claws (my main reasons for using pkgsrc on OpenBSD) have just crashed. 

I've spent the whole day and all I've got to show for it is gnupg-1.4.6 and 30 "dependencies" that came along with building it as well as attempting to build the two packages I mentioned above.  I suppose I'll try building things manually and see if I've any better luck.