Subject: Re: pkgsrc for FreeBSD?
To: Roman Kennke <>
From: Juan RP <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/08/2005 19:22:18
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On Tue, 08 Feb 2005 18:02:55 +0100
Roman Kennke <> wrote:

> Hi list,
> I am thinking about using pkgsrc on one of my FreeBSD servers, mainly
> because the FreeBSD ports tree isn't really suitable for production use.
> The main problem for me is, that I am forced to go with the most current
> FreeBSD-Ports tree if I want updates. This regularily breaks some little
> things. I see that FreeBSD is in the supported list for the pkgsrc tree.
> Before I switch, I'd like to hear some opinions about this:
> 1. Is FreeBSD equally well supported in pkgsrc as NetBSD is? My concern
> are security updates and unmaintained packages

Maybe not as NetBSD, but FreeBSD works fine in many packages without
changes, because sometimes a software developer knows FreeBSD and not
NetBSD... :-)

> 2. Are security updates delivered timely? Ok, no big deal if not, they
> are not always delivered timely in FreeBSD ports... ;-)

In the same day or 2/3 days after the bug is reported (more or less).

> 3. What is the best method for updating without breaking stuff? Make
> update? pkg_comp? probably something else?

pkg_comp with AUTO_PACKAGES and the auto target should be a safe
method, and later you can use pkg_add -u.

> 4. Are there performance differences between ports compiled and pkgsrc
> compiled packages?

No, because you can specify the compilation flags you want via CFLAGS
in mk.conf.

> 5. Are there other caveats in a setup like this? Any recommendations?


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