New FreeBSD package system (a.k.a. Daemon Package System (dps))

Kris Kennaway kris at
Fri May 11 02:12:51 UTC 2007

On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 10:03:22PM -0400, Mike Meyer wrote:
> In <20070511015156.GA77895 at>, Kris Kennaway <kris at> typed:
> > On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 09:47:49PM -0400, Mike Meyer wrote:
> > > In <f20c8u$htp$1 at>, Ivan Voras <ivoras at> typed:
> > > > I cannot currently actively participate in implementing proposed things,
> > > > but I can give advice on sqlite, database and xml schemas if anyone
> > > > wants to...
> > > One of the things that would be nice for a replacement to do would be
> > > to correctly install i386 packages on amd64 platforms (and similar
> > > things). 
> > This has nothing to do with a new packaging system and can be done
> > today if someone cares enough to work on it.
> Well, yeah - *anything* can be done if someone cares enough to work on
> it - it's all just SMOP. You could definitely put enough smarts into
> the package installer do this without actually changing the packaging
> system. But if we're gonna change the packaging system anyway, why not
> consider adding information that the package building software already
> has so that the package installer software doesn't have to try and
> figure it out?

Sure, we could pile on some more features onto a 6 year old design
document that never got out of the design phase, or someone could just
go and make the relatively minor changes to support i386 packages on
amd64 now.  I guess it's always more fun to build dream castles though

> > Not gonna happen as a default, but you can change it on your systems
> > if you like.
> Not very reliably.

Best I can offer ;)


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