Subject: Re: Proposal: unification of distfiles for FreeBSD and NetBSD
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <tech-pkg@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/30/2003 11:49:31
On Tue, 30 Sep 2003, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> > One reason we can't do this is because the FreeBSD ports and the NetBSD
> > pkgsrc are maintained by a variety of volunteers. Using the same distfiles
> > in some cases may mean making changes to patches, Makefiles, and also time
> > to test and verify that it all works.
> Huh?  How do you figure that?  Distfiles come from the third-party
> package authors and _MUST_ be identical no matter which packaging system
> they're used with!

I know that. I never said that the same distfile would be different.

The ports systems and the pkgsrc system are now very different. In most
cases, a FreeBSD ports maintainer can't take a pkgsrc entry and blindly
put it into place -- even if based on same distfile.

I am not sure if the proposal was to just mirror files or to have the
actual Makefiles using the exact same distfiles.

   Jeremy C. Reed