[FreeBSD-Ports-Announce] Time to bid farewell to the old pkg_ tools

John Marino freebsd.contact at marino.st
Thu Feb 6 13:04:48 UTC 2014

On 2/6/2014 13:58, Rick Miller wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 7:23 AM, Daniel Nebdal <dnebdal at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I suspect he meant  "a certain version, and *not* newer" - sometimes
>> you might want to hold back a package.
> Correct.  My wish is the functionality be extended further to mean "a
> certain version *or* newer", encompassing both features.  Thus, allowing
> him to say "port-1.1", while I say "port-1.4 or newer" or even "port-1.0 or
> newer".

As an observer, all I can say is "Don't get your hopes up" on this one.
 Hundreds of ports are bumped with majority dependency changes for a
reason.  The tree is treated as an integrated entity, not 25,000
interchangeable parts.

It would take major technology shift, something closer to what PC-BSD's
pbi things do/did.  Ports itself isn't geared for this.  Maybe some kind
of package archive could be used though, if "pkg" solvers could be made
to handle such requests.  Sounds like an extremely difficult request to
me though.


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