Subject: Re: pkgsrc sickness
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <tech-pkg@NetBSD.ORG>
From: David Laight <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/21/2002 23:27:05
On Wed, Aug 21, 2002 at 03:24:26PM -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> [ On Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 12:13:09 (-0700), Aaron J. Grier wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: pkgsrc sickness
> >
> > I wonder if pkg_info could be modified to walk the package dependency
> > tree to give a rough idea of what packages would need to be updated if
> > the given one were updated.  it would be a recursive version of pkg_info
> > -R.  this wouldn't help if the updated package in pkgsrc had new
> > dependencies, but it would be a start...
> The better fix is to simply static-link any libraries provided by other
> packages.  Such programs not only have fewer run-time dependencies, but
> they start up somewhat faster too (and a lot faster if they're all
> static-linked! ;-).

Alternatively the versioned shared libraries should mean that
the old programs still work.  So one might ask why the rebuild
is forced?

Only if the output from a program changes do you really need
to worry about reinstalling things.


David Laight: