Subject: Re: is syspkg alive? (keeping/adding things to the base vs. pkgsrc)
To: NetBSD User-Level Technical Discussion List <tech-userlevel@NetBSD.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/07/2007 16:21:51
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At Fri, 6 Jul 2007 18:53:02 -0500, David Young wrote:
Subject: Re: is syspkg alive?
> With a small change of build.sh options, I can cross-build every program
> in the NetBSD base system for every architecture that NetBSD targets.
> That is a useful guarantee that our base system provides. If programs
> in the base system, today, are only in pkgsrc, tomorrow, then I may lose
> the guaranteed ability to quickly and easily cross-build a useful NetBSD
> network appliance. Does that help explain why I prefer a comprehensive
> base system?
That's another really good reason that needed clear voicing! Thanks!
x11 itself is a useful example of how powerful this reason is, even for
creating NetBSD releases themselves.
Even with a dedicated build system, my own in-house support of 1.6.x on
my older sparc systems was seriously tedious, but with full cross-build
support I can now happily support them until they die or lose their
useful purposes, and I no longer need a dedicated build machine quite so
much, though having one for pkgsrc is still a big benefit.
Greg A. Woods
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