Subject: Re: Change request for package system.
To: Reinoud Zandijk <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/05/1999 03:17:16
On Wed, 4 Aug 1999, Reinoud Zandijk wrote:
> 1) Would it be posible for _binary_ packages to automatically install the
> packages they depend on either from the same directory or by fetching them
> themselves? 

That's already happening. Ever did.

> 2) Would it be possible for pkgsrc packages to attempt to fetch the
> precompiled binary's first (for the relevant architecture) before trying
> to fetch the sources? Could be an option ?? Since this automatically
> becomes recursive, significant compilationtime savings can be archieved!
> (Yes, I do have a slow computer ;-))

I've some custom code that will pkg_add a binary pkg instead of building
from source if possible. tv wanted to integrate this somewhen...

> 3) Would it be possible for the make process to automatically create and
> even upload the compiled binary packages for others?

I con't think so.
Uploading may waste considerable bandwidth, if at all available. (Think of
modem users). Generating binary packages by default makes ssense to me,
but still takes quite some diskspace which could be used for better
things. If you want a binary package, type "make package" instead of "make
install" - that's what I do. :)

(If you want it for depending packages, set DEPENDS_TARGET=package in

 - Hubert

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