Subject: Re: Using pkgsrc for an OpenSolaris distro
To: None <>
From: Moinak Ghosh <Moinak.Ghosh@Sun.COM>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/28/2005 23:18:12 wrote:

>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.
   Well the OpenSolaris build mechanism does not lend itself to using 
individual package builds in the
   Pkgsrc way. So we'd just have to use binary packages. Will Pkgsrc 
still require too many tweaks ?

   If we are installing from CD I guess a chrooted install should work 
after a minimal chroot environment
   has been setup on the harddisk - I have not given this much thought yet.


>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