Why aren't all files in a Package?

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Sun Feb 8 15:24:05 PST 2004

On Sun, Feb 08, 2004 at 07:00:50AM -0800, Loren M. Lang wrote:
> Certain core files that come with freebsd don't seem to belong to any
> package, one of them being zlib.  I was trying to figure out what
> version of zlib FreeBSD is using, but since it wasn't part of any
> package, it was a little difficult, I had to edit libz.so and greped for
> 1.1.4.  Since I found that, I'm assuming that that's the correct
> version, but I think a simple pkg_info -W should have answered that.

The base system isn't distributed as packages.  This is mostly for
historical reasons, although it's not straightforward to make the

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