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Re: Improve support for master sites using HTTPS

On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 2:24 PM, Matthias Scheler <> wrote:


currently the default program used for downloading files from the master
sites is "ftp" (also know as "tnftp"). Unfortunately the versions in
"pkgsrc" and all existing NetBSD releases(*) don't support HTTPS. The
attached patch therefore changes the default to "fetch" or "curl" (which
both supports HTTPS) on platforms that provide these programs. This should
improve the situation under CygWin, FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Minix and
Solaris in the short term.

In the long term we need to figure out a way to bootstrap an HTTP/FTP client
which supports HTTPS in "pkgsrc". But this is outside the scope of
this patch.

        Kind regards

(*) "ftp" in NetBSD 6.2 and 7.0 will support HTTPS.

Matthias Scheler                        

Does fetch deal properly with files using Content-Disposition headers?  I think github uses these.


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