Combining pkg and "traditional ports" --> spam

Erich Dollansky erichsfreebsdlist at
Wed Jan 15 06:23:33 UTC 2014


I just noticed a new method spammers are using. I have answered to
this e-mail and get then from outside the mailing list spam to the
account I use at the mailing list.

Of course, this means that some people are harvesting now addresses in
real-time and send out spam. As nobody knows the address of the
harvester, not much can be done.

Did  anybody else notice this?


 On Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:36:34 +0100
Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

> With the upcoming OS standardization on pkg (pkgng) following
> the abolishment of the pkg_* toolset I'd like to ask questions
> to those who already actively use pkg and have probably encountered
> and solved the same "problems" that I'll be expecting:
> There are two cases where a binary package can't be used:
> a) There is no package.
> Not all ports have equivalent packages. For example, I've seen
> this recently for OpenArena. In this case, compiling is needed
> (and even switching to gcc instead of clang, OS v10-RC2). Another
> example is a localize OpenOffice / maybe LibreOffice.
> How is this handled when a pkg-based "upgrade all" is performed?
> b) The default options of the package can't be used.
> My favourite example is mplayer (including all imaginable
> codecs as well as mencoder and additionally the gmplayer
> and gmencoder X applications), but it could also apply for
> a HAL-less X and HAL-less applications. But also OpenOffice
> can be considered again, a localized version (german) with
> dependencies for KDE, Gnome and CUPS deactivated (because I
> don't use those).
> Can those be protected from being overwritten?
> Is there even a method of saying, like, "use binary packages
> to upgrade everything excepts ports 'foo', 'bar', 'meow' and
> 'moo', compile those, but make sure their dependencies are
> installed via packages when they are available and apply"?
> From my experience so far, pkg works really great. I'd just
> like to know how it can be used in the few cases where the
> exceptions need to be made intendedly.

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