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Re: Is it _really_ dead?

On Mon, Oct 16, 2000 at 03:49:31PM -0400, Mark W. Eichin wrote:
> > And I ask you:  Why?  Why would someone want to go through
> > the trouble when the BSD ports tree is already there and tested?
> One word: "upgrade"
> Last I checked, simple things like "upgrading a package that has
> dependencies" was no better than "rip everything out and then
> reinstall what you upgraded"; nothing I've seen on the NetBSD side
> seems to have gotten any better.  This is why I find this at all
> interesting.  (It may be that the FreeBSD side is more real than the
> NetBSD side, and if there's an equivalent to a dpkg upgrade for
> either, by all means, please explain it to me...)

You make it seem worse than it is :)

Ripping out everything and then reinstalling is frankly,
effective.  Simple and brute force.

Sure, there's room for improvement.  And all of these issues
will be addressed in openpackages.  Putting 2 and 2 together,
5-CURRENT was slated for a major ports/package rework for a long
time.  It's here now, and with openpackages, you can only think they
will overlap and become one.

So, if what you want is "better" upgrading of packages on a BSD
system, involve oneself with openpackages.  Have debian get on
the bus, I'm sure noone would complain.  There would be more
issues to adress, but nothing some good engineering can't fix.

      Dan Papasian

Life is that brief interlude between nothingness and

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