Subject: Re: Proposal: unification of distfiles for FreeBSD and NetBSD
To: Michal Pasternak <>
From: Julio Merino <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/03/2003 21:12:38
Simply put, use pkgsrc on FreeBSD and forget ports ;)

On Thu, 3 Apr 2003 20:56:41 +0200
Michal Pasternak <> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have FreeBSD on my stationary PC and NetBSD on my laptop. Both
> work very good and their ports/pkgsrc are updated nicely.
> I have a slow network connection and I built packages I need first
> on FreeBSD. When I tried to do the same thing on NetBSD, it came
> out that even, when both BSDs have the same versions of software
> in ports/pkgsrc, they use different EXTRACT_SUFXs (not to mention,
> FreeBSD has a bit different directory structure for distfiles).
> My proposal is: could we, with some additional work, try to have
> the same distfiles for each of BSDs? This would not only spare
> the users download time (or work to correct EXTRACT_SUFX / DISTDIR),
> but this could possibly reduce the need for distfile mirrors.
> FreeBSD also uses bzip2 compression, which is slightly better,
> than gzip - but, as we all know, is much slower.
> I could submit some patches against pkgsrc to have same distfiles, as
> FreeBSD has. Why wouldn't I change FreeBSD ports collection?=20
> FreeBSD seems to be a bit more popular, than NetBSD is - that
> means it has more mirror servers, than NetBSD - at least, in Poland.
> I wonder what do you think about this topic. I never used BSD
> on anything else, than i386 - but I don't think there can be
> architecture-specific problems, when it comes to gzip/bzip2.
> Regards,
> --=20
> Micha=B3 Pasternak ::
> $ mv /Almo /var

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
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