Subject: pkgtools (fwd)
To: None <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/01/2001 05:56:27
Here's one for all of you unhappy with our pkg_* tools :)

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>

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Date: 01 Mar 2001 05:08:52 +0100
From: Cyrille Lefevre <>
Subject: pkgtools


some days ago, it was a discussion on freebsd-arch (as I remember)
about providing some part of the FreeBSD userland (almost all contrib
stuffs) as some sort of module (even ports !). an interesting link to
SVR4 packaging tools was posted (details below). so, I've take a look
at the code and it needs some work to be ported to BSD platforms.
since the license isn't clear, I'm asking SCO about the status of this
open source software. before to go forward, I'm asking you if you're
interested by such tools which seems to be almost the same as the one
found under Solaris ?

below is the question and the first (fast) answer from Ronald
J. Record and before to answer him, I would like your opinion ?

thanks in advance.

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Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 13:53:32 -0800
From: Ronald Joe Record <>
Subject: Re: pkgtools

Hi Cyrille,

The release of the pkgtools source was initiated at the behest
of the 86Open group (
The subsequent, uh, dissolution of this project (or transformation
into lxrun/LKP) resulted in an unfinished release of these tools.

I would concur that a BSD license would be appropriate but i'll
need to obtain approval and find the time. It might help me speed
things along if you were able to tell me why these tools are
important for the *BSD systems.

At any rate, i would recommend against putting any effort into a
port until i get the license situation straightened out.


Cyrille Lefevre wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just discovered the pkgtools at "SCO Skunkware: Open Source Software"
> ( which seems to be the packaging
> software used under SVR4 like OSes (UnixWare, Solaris, etc.).
> do you know the author of the original version of these tools ?
> are they really Open Source ? are you working for SCO ?
> I've asked (I found his email address in the source
> code.) w/o any answer from him.
> I'm interested to porting these tools to *BSD and before to do any
> efforts, I would like to be fixed about the license status of these
> tools.
> The best thing would be, of course, to add a BSD like license to
> the source code or at the top level of the distribution found at :
> thanks in advance for your response.

Ronald Joe Record, Open Source Architect, The Santa Cruz Operation
E-mail:   Voice:  831-427-7604   FAX:  831-427-5417
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