Subject: Re: Package removal suggestions
To: Thomas Klausner <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/13/2005 09:57:44
On Wed, 13 Apr 2005, Thomas Klausner wrote:
>> * Linux packaging systems seem to support  a single install and then
>>   split the file set into separate packages ("devel" vs not), in
>>   particular the .so and the .a end up different.  If pkgsrc could so
>>   this, we could a) make devel packages to save space and b) split
>>   coda easily.  But this is a lot of work.
> Some time ago, there was discussion on how this could be done.
> One way I remember was to just install the whole package, but then
> register different parts of the PLIST under different PKGNAMEs.
> This would be rather easy to do, since there are no changes in
> the packages' own infrastructure, only the PLIST would have to be
> annotated (and perhaps a few lines added to the pkgsrc Makefile)
> and would improve the binary package situation.
> Dependencies would need some work.
> I don't know of anyone working on implementing this.

IIRC this feature is present in OpenBSD (at least it was, when I last 
looked, some years ago).

  - Hubert

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