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pkg/41278: NetBSD mirror system is virtually useless for packages

>Number:         41278
>Category:       pkg
>Synopsis:       NetBSD mirror system is virtually useless for packages
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    pkg-manager
>State:          open
>Class:          support
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Apr 25 08:30:00 +0000 2009
>Originator:     Michal Suchanek
>Release:        4.0.1
NetBSD 3c589D 4.0.1 NetBSD 4.0.1 (DellCPxJ) #2: Tue Apr 21 09:54:28 CEST 2009  
root%Dell.burning-in-hell@localhost:/usr/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/DellCPxJ i386
There are several problems with the pkgsrc mirrors:

 - most ftp daemons do not support "dir bash*.t[bg]z" which pkg_add uses to 
locate bash package. Note the [] in the glob. Accessing the mirror through http 
somewhat works but it is slow. Also the mirrors are listed as ftp in the mirror 
list, NetBSD has no documented http mirrors.

 - In the mirror list it is not noted which mirrors carry packages at all, 
which are up-to-date, and which carry some development snapshots (if any).

For example, the packages on are under /pub/NetBSD and are 
apparently quite old. Also the server does not support pkg_add thriugh ftp.

The latest packages on are 
/pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD/i386/4.0_2009Q1 but the site does not have the 
2009Q1 source or has it in a place different from 

The packages linked as /pub/pkgsrc/packages/NetBSD-4.0 are 2008Q4 which is not 
the latest but there are indeed packages that are not in 2009Q1 - is 2009Q1 
still not built?
add binary packages from ftp

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