Subject: Re: Adding gkermit
To: Alan Barrett <>
From: Eric Haszlakiewicz <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/29/2006 16:58:24
On Sun, Oct 29, 2006 at 11:30:15PM +0200, Alan Barrett wrote:
> It's sometimes useful to use kermit over a serial console
> to get software onto a remote host.
> Would it be OK to add gkermit to the base system?  See
> <> or
> pkgsrc/comms/gkermit.
> >From the ANNOUNCE file in the distribution:
>     G-Kermit is command-line only (no interactive commands or scripting)
>     and remote-mode only (no making connections).  It has an extremely
>     simple user interface, and implements a large subset of the Kermit
>     protocol in a small amount of highly portable code.
> I propose to put the sources in gnu/dist, a reachover Makefile in
> gnu/usr.bin, install in /usr/bin/gkermit, and possibly add it to
> /rescue.
> --apb (Alan Barrett)

yay!  More bloat!

More seriously: if this is available through pkgsrc, why does it need
to be in the base system?  Aren't we trying to go the other direction,
and just have sysinst install some packages?