DragonFly users List (threaded) for 2005-03
After a long break using linux (because of hardware reasons) I started
playing with DragonFly on my laptop again. I had bad memories of the
ports system -- it may have been good for its time, but it just doesn't
cut it now even on FreeBSD, and there are additional incompatibilities
on DragonFly; and portupgrade is an ugly kludge. So I decided to wipe
all my ports and give pkgsrc a spin.
I'm favourably impressed with the features of pkgsrc. It seems to
contain everything a package management system should need. When
possible I installed prebuilt binaries from gobsd.org, but even
otherwise, everything I tried builds out of the box or with minor
fixes. If prebuilt packages can be made available fairly regularly,
it could be a good competitor to Debian's apt, the only package
management system I've seen that "just works".
What's the "official" view on pkgsrc? Is it a good idea for DragonFly
to move to it and drop ports? Are there any advantages at all to
ports, other than numbers and (for the moment) better compatibility?
the way I see it, ports will get increasingly broken on DragonFly as
time goes by, while if pkgsrc becomes "officially" supported, the
breakages there will be easier to fix.