Subject: Re: Proper use of .../NetBSD-current/tar_files/pkgsrc.tar.gz
To: None <>
From: Bill Squier <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/16/1999 15:13:10
> 	pkgsrc is designed to still be usable on the last release, so you
> 	_should_ be fine.

But this currently isn't true.  /pub/NetBSD-current/tar_files/pkgsrc.tar.gz 
will fail on a system without an up-to-date /usr/share/mk/ (one that 
understands GNU_MACHINE_ARCH mappings).  Anything that uses GNU autoconf will 

Or am I being bitten by a 1.3.2 / 1.3.3 difference here?

> 	Of course once 1.4 comes out, you probably want to be switching
> 	across :)

True-- unless for example you use port-mac68k on an SE/30 which loses with changes made to the VM system.  (I'm working with second hand knowledge on this front-- apparently it's a known issue)  I'm not suggesting that pkgsrc support every release of NetBSD back to 0.8, but one version back seems reasonable.

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