Subject: Re: PROPOSAL: NetBSD System Packages (LONG)
To: Tim Rightnour <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-install
Date: 10/01/1998 09:44:58
On Wed, 30 Sep 1998, Tim Rightnour wrote:
> For example.. If I smoke perl, I should be able to specify -R and blast
> everything that depends on perl.  I doubt you want to go in the other direction.

I want: Tell it to nuke perl-Tk, and it will go and nuke off perl, Tk,
tcl, ... IF they aren't needed by something else (hence the "bottom up"

> #  Please note that there's nothing special about the pkgs in "meta-pkgs" -
> #  these are just normal pkgs that do have other packages as dependencies
> #  (which may in turn depend on others again ...). Maybe we should clarify
> #  what we're talking about first. .-)
> meta-pkgs are good, assuming they work.  I'm not convinced ours really do,
> because they dont pkg_delete recursively.

You're making the same mistake as Jonathan & Jim here: just because the
existing tools don't provide a feature doesn't mean the underlying data
structure doesn't provide it. 

pkg_delete could be told to go down into depending pkgs without a need to
change the underlying data structure and thus affecting everything besides

Like I just wrote in answer to a private mail to Jonathan: 
Just because our current pkg_* tools are not there yet doesn't mean we
can't get them there. To re-invent things will lead to redundant work and
extra worries once the two things will be merged again (if ever possible). 

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>