Subject: Re: Using pkgsrc for an OpenSolaris distro
To: Jan Schaumann <>
From: None <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/28/2005 17:02:59
On Wed, 28 Dec 2005 11:47:57 -0500
Jan Schaumann <> wrote:

> I think that's a great idea and pkgsrc would lend itself to this task
> indeed.  I think there are other, similar efforts with a pkgsrc based
> Linux distribution where the entire installation is pkgsrc based
> (including kernel, base system etc.; see
>  I think it was Jeremy Reed
> who did this -- maybe he can chip in on this discussion?
> pkgsrc already does a great jobs of providing software packages for
> Solaris, and seeing how DragonFlyBSD adopted pkgsrc, I see no reason why
> another OS couldn't also make use of this framework.

My view of pkgsrc is that it provides platform independant (as long as it's
Unix) way of building and installing 3rd party software. If you use pkgsrc for
installing kernel, drivers and base system (how??) then it becomes something
else, because there are too many system specific hacks and tweaks.

NetBSD does not use pkgsrc for its base system. I've heard people mention
"syspkg" for system packages (like Sendmail vs Postfix) but not sure it was