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Re: Pkgsrc on systems with existing package systems

On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 08:40:23PM -0500, Greg A. Woods wrote:
 > Fink uses the Debian dpkg(8) package manager under the hood, and it
 > creates "virtual" packages to represent underlying OS X components and
 > packages (including I think at the OS X pkgutil(1) level).
 > Perhaps pkgsrc could do something similar to integrated with a
 > platform's existing package system?
 > This might help bootstrap easier on some platforms, but of course it
 > might also cause conflicts with the way one might wish to install a
 > different version of some package vs. the one already provided.

The builtin logic does essentially this, although it doesn't generate
shadow packages. That has both positive and negative results. But the
conflict issue can be handled by explicitly setting USE_BUILTIN.*.

David A. Holland

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