Subject: goals for NetBSD binary packages
To: None <>
From: Klaus Heinz <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/23/2005 01:19:43

while thinking about the NetBSD release numbering I noticed that there
are less ports with binary packages available for NetBSD 2.0 than for
NetBSD 1.6.2.

On the other hand, those for NetBSD 2.0 (amd64, i386 and sparc) were
made from the latest pkgsrc branch pkgsrc-2005Q1 while those for 1.6.2
were not updated since early/mid 2004 (except for i386, very recently
from pkgsrc-2005Q1 thanks to Hubert Feyrer). The packages still
available for NetBSD 1.5/1.5.1/1.5.2/1.5.3/1.6 and 1.6.1 are much older
and probably in a more inconsistent state due to removal of packages
with security vulnerabilities.

In an ideal world, we would have all packages from the latest pkgsrc
branch for all ports on all the supported NetBSD releases and they would
be continually updated to reflect the updates of the pkgsrc branch.

This is probably not going to happen soon, if at all. So I wonder what
should be a realistic set of goals for our binary packages.
What do people expect from binary packages?