Subject: Re: Ease of Downloading Packages
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/20/2001 16:45:59
>>I could just type
>>    pkg_add
>ftp://, surely

no, http://, because you can do *scripting*.  ftp servers, at least
the last time i checked, could not.  :)

>>and it would give me the latest version?
>On FreeBSD, one can already issue
>	pkg_add -r pine
>and it DTRT, if where "right" is dfined to be defined by a forest of
>symlinks on the server, pointing to the most up-to-date pkg/port
>builds for the FreeBSD release of the client, as given by uname -a.

symlinks...heh.  some uses of them border on...insane.  like sco.  :)

	FreeBSD-current -> branches/-current
	packages -> ../../ports/i386/packages-current
	packages-current -> packages-5-current
	pine-4.40.tgz -> ../All/pine-4.40.tgz

that's four, with one of them nested.  not so bad...i've seen worse.  :)

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