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Re: Real life use of pkgsrc from a happy user
Dave Vollenweider wrote:
> There are a lot of wonderful variables and helper programs in pkgsrc
> that, unfortunately, aren't documented outside of this mailing list.
> Maybe if we changed that more people would be willing to use pkgsrc. I
> know I wouldn't have known what USE_DESTDIR does, let alone started to
> use it, if I hadn't been subscribed to this list. The same with
> pkg_rolling-replace. It seems to me that newcomers to pkgsrc might be
> more willing to stick with it if they knew about these things.
All these variables don't help you much if you want just painless upgrade.
All (yes, I really mean it) upgrade methods in pkgsrc are much (yes, I
really mean this as well) more complicated than they should be. There are
hundreds of ways to break things during upgrade form both source and
binary packages - major bumps of libraries alone can cause major
And in fact I agree - why the hell all upgrade methods from binary
packages remove packages at first?
There is a lot to do to make pkgsrc really usable from nowadays standards
point of view.
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