Subject: Re: Using pkgsrc for an OpenSolaris distro
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Moinak Ghosh <Moinak.Ghosh@Sun.COM>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/28/2005 23:13:25
Jeremy C. Reed wrote:

> I have used pkgsrc to develop an entire Linux distribution. This 
> includes all components (all files). I started this over three years 
> ago and continue to work on it. I packaged glibc, linux-kernel, 
> XFree86 (it was not in pkgsrc at that time and new packages are 
> different), util-linux, vixie-cron and many others. Many of these 
> packages are in pkgsrc-wip and some in regular pkgsrc now.
> I used LOCALBASE as /usr. At first, that had various problems, but 
> almost all are fixed now. (I have a few small changes in my own pkgsrc 
> related to this.)

   Can you please elaborate. Or do you have any writeup of the issues ?

> [...snipped]
> So for now my glibc and kernel are all installed to /usr/, my configs 
> (PKG_SYSCONFBASE) go to /etc, and my VARBASE is /var.
> Yes, you can use pkgsrc to package all components.
> By the way, pkgsrc is a good choice for your distribution, because 
> often patches are added for portability and not operating specific.

   Thanks for the detailed comments. This is helpful.


>   Jeremy C. Reed
>                  technical support & remote administration