Subject: Re: (Incomplete) List of pkgsrc Improvements
To: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/31/2007 10:17:13
On Tue, 31 Jul 2007, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:

> On 31/07/2007, at 16:49, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 03:51:43PM +0200, Dieter Baron wrote:
> > >  I think sooner or later pkg_add will have to consult this file as
> > > well, and I don't want pkg_add to parse this huge file on each run.
> > 
> > The only reason I can think of that pkg_add should consult pkg_summary
> > file is to avoid the penalties of http fetch. But if you want to do
> > that, you have a *local* copy already and just use it to construct the
> > URLs directly. That can be done with a frontend to pkg_add already and I
> > think it is the better idea to do that.
> I just hope we don't end with a pkg_add similar to Fedora's yum.  It takes
> *ages* to download lots of tiny files (the "headers" for each package) from a
> remote server.

Use "yum -C" to not download and just use your local data (if already 
exists). I'd prefer that was the default like apt-get does.

Yum is sort of a wrapper around the "rpm" tool.

  Jeremy C. Reed