Did someone compare the number of ports with packages in Linux distros?

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at des.no
Mon Mar 18 11:09:23 UTC 2013

David Chisnall <theraven at FreeBSD.org> writes:
> It's quite difficult to do meaningful comparisons.  For example, we
> have a port for gcc 4.7, but Debian has, last time I counted, over ten
> distinct packages for each GCC release.  There are other places where
> we have split things up into multiple ports, but other operating
> systems use a single one.

I don't think there are many such cases.  The reverse is far more
common: Linux distros usually ship separate packages for libraries,
binaries, documentation and headers (and so should we).

You can get a meaningful comparison by counting distfiles on our side
and SRPMs / DSCs on the Linux side.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at des.no

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