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Re: a package without a source tarball?

On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:07:13 +0200
Geert Hendrickx <> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 10:04:28AM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> > I've been asked to create a package when there doesn't seem to be an
> > easily-accessible source tarball.  All that's available -- see
> > -- is an SVN
> > repository. I've found other examples of packages based on
> > googlecode stuff; they generally pull in a .bz2 file.  However, the
> > corresponding URL here simply pulls in a compiled version for Linux.
> > 
> > The official way to get the source is to use svn.  In theory, I
> > suppose I could add a dependency for devel/subversion, and override
> > fetch to do that.  That strikes me as, umm, not the greatest idea...
> > Alternatively, I could have a pre-fetch that pulled in each
> > individual file (there aren't very many) via http and built a
> > tarball, while relying on the distinfo checksum for version
> > control.  That would be faster, but only slightly more aesthetic.
> > Any better suggestions?
> There is infrastructure to pull sources from svn in pkgsrc-wip:
> wip/mk/

Thanks; I'll look at that.
> The alternative is to periodically roll your own tarball, as Adrian
> suggested.
I'll do that for now while I get the rest of it working...

                --Steve Bellovin,

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