Subject: Re: OpenSSH installation from package source
To: Matthias Buelow <>
From: Rick Byers <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/01/2002 09:59:08
[Note: I'm replying to tech-pkg, tech-security isn't really appropriate].

On Mon, 1 Jul 2002, Matthias Buelow wrote:

> > Installing a package for a component thats part of your base OS will
> > allways be a headache.  Even if the package did automatically remove the
> > OS component, the next time you do a "build", it would get reinstalled.
> Hasn't a packagized base-system been promised?  I don't see it in 1.6
> yet so would it probably be in -current/1.7 then?  IMHO having major
> parts of the base system under pkg control (things like various MTAs,
> OpenSSH etc.) would make some things a lot easier.

I've heard discussion for such a system, but I wouldn't say it's been
"promised".  I agree it would be nice, but its non-trivial.  Managing the
dependancies, especially for people tracking -current or -release, could
rasie a whole bunch of problems.  I hope it can be made to work though,
but I wouldn't hold your breath.