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

From: Vincent Hoffman-Kazlauskas <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:10:11 UTC

On 24/01/2022 08:59, Baptiste Daroussin wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 12:12:20AM -0800, Chris wrote:
>> On 2022-01-23 10:19, Patrick M. Hausen wrote:
>>> Hi all,


> based on the discussion I am adding right now, a new protocol: tcp:// which uses
> the protocol we made on top of ssh way simple than ftp and capsicumized on the
> server side), but without the requirement for a ssh connection.
> This will enable people with performance concern but still willing to have data
> encrypted to use spiped or socat for example as a transport.
> And for other a simple inetd will work.
> on inetd.conf
> pkg stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/local/sbin/pkg -- -o SSH_RESTRICT_DIR=/mypackages ssh
> and define in /etc/services "pkg" to the port you want pkg to be serving its
> files to.
> for the repo on the pkg side:
> tcp://url:port/mypackages
> What do you think?
Not having a preference re: ftp I think this tcp:// option looks very 
useful. As an aside has anyone written up how to setup a repo over ssh? 
I've had a quick google with no luck. I'm sure its not too tricky and an 
hour or so I could work it out but if anyone has already done it that 
would be great.

> For me as a maintainer it is very few lines of code to add, the protocol
> itself being already written, way easier to suppoer and it provides an interesting feature
> by the ability to serve via spiped or inetd.
> Best regards,
> Bapt