Subject: Re: Ease of Downloading Packages
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 12/20/2001 16:45:59
>>I could just type
>> pkg_add http://packages.netbsd.org/pine
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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