old ports/packages

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at gmail.com
Tue May 3 17:54:28 UTC 2016

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:31 PM, Mathieu Arnold <mat at freebsd.org> wrote:

> +--On 3 mai 2016 12:02:13 +0800 Julian Elischer <julian at freebsd.org>
> wrote:
> | On 2/05/2016 8:39 PM, Mathieu Arnold wrote:
> |> +--On 2 mai 2016 18:39:57 +0800 Julian Elischer <julian at elischer.org>
> |> wrote:
> |> | Hi guys,
> |> |
> |> | ok so I see:
> |> |
> |> | 2014-04-30 ports-mgmt/pkg_install: Replaced by ports-mgmt/pkg
> |> |
> |> |
> |> | So now how do enterprises maintaining appliances etc. generate
> packages
> |> | for old systems?
> |>
> |> There is a tag, https://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports/tags/PKG_INSTALL_EOL/
> |> that gives you the last version to support pkg_install.  Anything after
> |> that will not work with it.  At all.
> |>
> | I'm not looking to produce old packages of the ports tree.. I know the
> | ports crew would hate me for that.
> |
> | What I object to is not having the tools needed to generate MY OWN
> | PACKAGES in ports.
> You can generate your own packages from the ports tree, just not with
> pkg_install, it was deprecated three or four years ago, and remove 19
> months ago.
> The best way to generate packages is with ports-mgmt/poudriere, it will
> generate a very nice pkg repository.
> --
> Mathieu Arnold

You might also look at ports-mgmt/synth. It is far simpler than poudriere.
While lacking any of the enterprise capabilities of poudriere, it is a
simple tool to support a modern, local pkg repository of packages for
distribution or to support locally modified ports or ports that need to be
built with non-standard options.

>From synth(1):
"    The synth program is an advanced concurrent ports building tool aimed
     system administrators that prefer or require the building of packages
     from source rather than installing official binary packages.  synth
     build packages in a clean environment exactly mirrors the system that
     they are built on, it will create local package repositories and
     pkg(8) repository configuration file that causes locally built packages
     to be used with the highest priority, all while allowing the system to
     fully upgraded with a single command."

Its major issue with some is that it is written in Ada, but I just install
the package for synth and never bother with building the Ada compiler.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
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