FreePKG: An alternative to the pkg_* tools

Jeremy Lea reg at FreeBSD.ORG
Tue May 4 09:04:15 PDT 2004


On Tue, May 04, 2004 at 11:13:33PM +0800, Erich Dollansky wrote:
> >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?

Yes, I suppose that would be useful information. :-)  The following
steps are needed.  Since this is alpha quality at the moment, I would
not use this on anything which you have to have...

1. Download and build a CVS version of the tools from:

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous at login
[Enter blank password]
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous at co freepkg
cd freepkg
make && make install

These tools currently install into /root/bin.  I should change that to
/usr/sbin or /usr/local/sbin.  The tools are named fpkg* to not conflict
with the FreeBSD versions.  Change to change the install

2. Download and patch

cd /tmp
cd /usr/ports/Mk/
patch -I < /tmp/

Change the path to the tools (search for PKG_CMD) if you changed it

3. The bad news: Rebuild all your ports, so that the new tools are


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