Subject: Re: base system + pkgsrc software
To: Lieven De Keyzer <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: pkgsrc-users
Date: 08/14/2007 10:21:22
On Tue, 14 Aug 2007, Lieven De Keyzer wrote:

> On 8/14/07, Mark E. Perkins <> wrote:
> > Be aware that there are some pkgs (perl, in particular) where pkgsrc insists
> > on its version (a case of being built with options specific to pkgsrc needs).
> >
> On a sidenote: is Perl absolutely needed for a base system (where
> /usr/pkg might not be mounted) ? I already deleted Perl and installed
> the pkgsrc version.

It depends. (I recall from two of your earlier emails that you use Linux.) 
It depends if your base system's essential tools, in particular boot 
scripts, use perl and if you upgrade or remove pkgsrc perl how will that 
effect your system.

As an example, FreeBSD rewrote its system tools to not need perl, but many 
of OpenBSD's tools do use perl.

You will have to check for yourself and make your own decision on this. As 
for me, I don't use perl for my essential startup scripts on my own Linux 

  Jeremy C. Reed

p.s. Since you use Linux from Scratch, you should simplify it as much as 
possible and use pkgsrc components. I have done this a lot for a few years 
to build pkgsrc-only Linux systems.

p.p.s. If you, or anyone else, wants to help me document building Linux 
systems from source (not specific to LFS or pkgsrc but do mention both), 
please let me know.