To: None <>
From: Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/10/2004 07:47:56
On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 11:18:49PM -0700, Bruce J.A. Nourish wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 08:44:45PM -0800, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> > Who uses Linux here?

[replying to the multitude of posters on this thread]

Everyone else who answered seems to have done so on the basis that
the base system is all that is installed. Such a system would not
have most of these tools; it wouldn't have a C compiler either.
Surely we are assuming a certain amount of cluefulness on the part
of the user?

I think the best solution is to require the user to have these tools
before starting to use pkgsrc. Hacking bootsrap-pkgsrc is a crap
solution because binary bootstrap kits don't use the build script.

Perhaps a more general solution would be to write a pkgtool that
checked the non-pkgsrc available tools and decided intelligently
if they were acceptable. The defs.$ files would become
fallbacks in case the user chose not to run such a tool. Maybe on
non-standardized platforms, the use of this tool would be mandatory?

Bruce J.A. Nourish <>
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