FreePKG: An alternative to the pkg_* tools

Erich Dollansky oceanare at
Tue May 4 08:20:11 PDT 2004


Jeremy Lea wrote:
> Hi,
> Some time ago, I began to work on adding some features to the
> pkg_install tools.  This work was mostly ignored by the FreeBSD
> community (except for the bits stolen and committed without

This is life.

> FreePKG is an almost complete re-write of the pkg_* tools, aimed at
> restructuring the code so that it is understandable and easy to use... 
> It has the following features which are not available in the pkg_*
> tools.
> 1. Uses LIB_DEPEND and RUN_DEPEND style dependencies in packages, so
>    that you can run alternate versions, of say ghostscript, without
>    problems.

This would be a very useful thing.

> I have no intention of initiating any attempt to get these tools
> imported into FreeBSD.  I've decided on a very different approach to the
> Ports/Packages collection to the way that things appear to be going. 
> However, these tools are functional, and some people might find them
> useful.  Additional developers/testers would be most welcome.

So, how can a normal FreeBSD user make use of the tools?


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