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Re: nb suffix to package names

From: Bill Hacker <wbh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 14:20:48 +0800

Archimedes Gaviola wrote:
On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 5:26 PM, Saifi Khan <saifi.khan@twincling.org> wrote:

Noticed that some of the packages installed from the dfly 2.2.1
DVD have 'nb' suffixes, for example:


Two questions here:
 . what does the 'nb' suffix mean ?
 . what is the interpretation of the number after 'nb' ?

thanks Saifi.

Hi Saifi,

I think this 'nb' is a NetBSD convention to their software packages -
pkgsrc which is what DragonFly is using.


Google finds a bit of history:

The NetBSD pkgsrc collection as of
   2000-02-14 contains versions of the ssh.com 1.2.27 distribution,
   patched to avoid the buffer overflow; these are identified by an
   "nb1" suffix in the package version.


/* this struct defines a version number */
typedef struct arr_t {
	unsigned	c;              /* # of version numbers */
	unsigned	size;           /* size of array */
	int	       *v;              /* array of decimal numbers */
	int		netbsd;         /* any "nb" suffix */
} arr_t;

No idea what current use is, but a NetBSD sub-ID similar to a more generic 'p(X) patchlevel does look to be a reasonable fit.


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