Re: [HEADSUP] Deprecation of the ftp support in pkg

From: Patrick M. Hausen <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 18:19:57 UTC
Hi all,

I did not really have an opinion on this, since we never used FTP,
but I was a bit surprised by the suggestion to use SSH instead.

It never occurred to us that anything but HTTP(S) was possible.
We simply run Nginx in a jail serving the packages that Poudriere
produces for us. Setup time/effort: 5 minutes.

Now after this comment:

> Am 22.01.2022 um 09:35 schrieb Chris <>:
> I find it's less "housekeeping" to use ftp(1) setup through inetd(8) for pkg repos, than
> via ssh.

I understand the appeal of FTP. 
Maybe this discussion is focusing on the wrong topic. Perhaps
we should consider including a light weight way to serve HTTP(S)
in base? Like Lighttpd, which as far as I know comes with a BSD
3-clause equivalent license.

But then the general tendency has been to remove network services
from base rather than introduce them. Like e.g. BIND.

So I really have no idea what the general opinion is, just wanted
to throw in that IMHO HTTPS is the best protocol to the task and
if some way to serve that could be included in base, I for one would
appreciate that.

OTOH Chris, what's keeping you from installing a web server just
serving static files?

Kind regards,
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