Subject: Re: pkgsrc-unofficial
To: None <>
From: Juan RP <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/15/2003 16:51:17
On Sat, 15 Mar 2003 14:55:35 +0100
Thomas Klausner <> wrote:

> Hi!
> I'd like to get more user participation in pkgsrc.
> Giving all interested parties NetBSD accounts is currently not
> practical, so I thought it would be a good idea to make a CVS
> repository e.g. on sourceforge. There everybody who asks gets a
> commit bit and can import her packages and work on others'.

That's a good idea.

> The directory tree in the CVS there should just be dropped
> into pkgsrc/unofficial (or something like that -- better name
> suggestions welcome). There'd be a CVS commit mailing list.
> Additionally, there'd be two mailing lists:
> The first one for general help about creating packages,
> and the second one for request for reviews.
> Why separate ones?
> People who want to get more involved with pkgsrc but don't speak
> any programming language can still 'cvs co' and 'make install'
> and play around, but don't have to listen to the problems that
> packagers might want to discuss.
> Once review has been done successfully, perhaps by two
> different people, a NetBSD committer gives another close look 
> at the package and imports it.
> If you can't find two people to test it, it shouldn't be imported
> anyway because of lack of interest ;)
> Of course, this could also be a stepping stone to becoming a
> pkgsrc developer :)
> If this works out, I'd also like to commit all the new packages from
> the PRs there and close the PRs.
> I plan it to be mainly for new packages, but I have an idea how
> package updates could be done sanely too.
> Participation is not limited to people speaking programming languages,
> since testers are also needed, and they only need to set it up once,
> do 'cvs update' and 'make install' and play around.
> Is there interest for this project?


> Any comments or suggestions?
>  Thomas

Juan RP