Subject: Re: Proposal: unification of distfiles for FreeBSD and NetBSD
To: Michal Pasternak <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/03/2003 11:48:16
On Thu, 3 Apr 2003, Michal Pasternak wrote:

> 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).

One workaround would be for you to make your own local FTP mirror of your
already-downloaded distfiles (like and then, for NetBSD, add it

> 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.

Please show us an example.

   Jeremy C. Reed

p.s. I should try using NetBSD pkgsrc on my FreeBSD boxes ...