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Re: ANN: Availability of pkg(8)-capable pkgsrc
from John Marino:
> I am assuming anyone reading knows that pkg(8) is the binary package
> management tool for the FreeBSD ports collection and it replaces all the
> native pkg_* tool functionality. 
> Pierry Pronchery (Khorben) gave a presentation about the feasibility of
> using "pkg-ng" with pkgsrc at pkgsrcCon 2015 . He followed that up with
> bringing pkg(8) to pkgsrc . Without the framework support, that import was
> useless. I don't know how the presentation was received (apparently not with
> much enthusiasm) as Pierre ceased his initial work. His branch at EdgeBSD
> was less than 5% complete by my estimation.
> I have mostly completed his work . The referenced link is pkgsrc with an
> overlay and it's automatically updated every 6 hours. Anyone that desires to
> use the pkg(8) manager, especially those looking to create repositories for
> distribution, needs to switch to this version of pkgsrc, at least until pkg(8)
> is completely supported in pkgsrc itself.
> The following systems (OPSYS) should work now:
> * FreeBSD
> * DragonFly
> * NetBSD
> These systems (OPSYS) are untested but may work:
> * OpenBSD
> * MirBSD
> * Bitrig
> * Linux
> This system (OPSYS) might work, probably doesn't, support planned:
> * SunOS
> Any other OPSYS will not work and pkg(8) is limited to ELF-based systems.
> Getting a functional pkg(8) based system is straight-forward on non-NetBSD
> platforms by using the standard bootstrap script. It's slightly more involved
> for NetBSD systems. The instructions for both cases are located at the top
> README file:
> I would love to see people try to use this variant of pkgsrc and report back
> any non-functionality.
I have some NetBSD installations, now idle pending update, following a crash that corrupted the GPT partition table, though I subsequently seem to have recovered all data.
Can this pkg(8)-capable pkgsrc be used on an installed system with many packages, or do I need to clean everything first?
Can synth be used in place of pkg_rolling-replace to update installed packages?
Can I download through "git clone" rather than the master.zip, and would I update by "git pull"? I could do that from either FreeBSD or NetBSD.
I have substantial experience with pkg on FreeBSD, where I build packages through FreeBSD ports.
I just looked in pkgtools and sysutils categories through the github web interface, and synth was not there.
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