Category: pkgsrc

More pkgsrc-2010Q4 results

I’ve had the bulk builds of pkgsrc-2010Q4 finish on 2.9 systems, for i386 and for x86_64.  The uploads for 2.9/x86_64 seem to have completed…

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Sourceforge fallout

Sourceforge had/has a security problem, so they’ve turned off some services until it’s fixed.  However, anything planning to download from Sourceforge will be affected, so some packages in pkgsrc may not be able to build for … a day or two?

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pkgsrc-2010Q4 via git

The pkgsrc-2010Q4 branch is now available in DragonFly’s git repo, via ‘git checkout pkgsrc-2010Q4′ in /usr/pkgsrc.  Enjoy!

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pkgsrc-2010Q4 build progress report

Here’s where the binary build is: summarized in a post to users@.  So far so good…

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Avalon returns, also known as, is back up at a new location, with new disks and new connectivity.  pkg_radd should work by default again, as should

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State of the binary build

Here’s the state of my build of pkgsrc-2010Q4 packages:

  1. DragonFly 2.8/i386 – in progress
  2. DragonFly 2.8/x86_64 – in progress
  3. DragonFly 2.9/i386 – just started (happens on Avalon)
  4. DragonFly 2.9/x86_64 – in progress

So it will be some days yet…  building over 4000 packages total is never quick.

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Quick fix for pkgin

If you’re using pkgin for managing pkgsrc packages, there’s a new bugfix to cover scenarios where there’s an old and new version dependency on the same item, like php between versions 5.2 and 5.3.  It’s described in French, or translated English.  (Thanks, Antonio Huete)

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Lazy Reading: cheatsheet, disks, pkgsrc, more

Normally I hold this for Sunday, but I’ve got a good batch of links already.  Something here for everyone, this week.

  • A git cheatsheet, and another git cheatsheet.  I may have linked to the latter one before, as it looks vaguely familiar.  Anyway, bookmark.  (Thanks, luxh on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
  • What should you do about bad blocks on a disk?  Get a new disk.
  • If you ever wanted to port software, there’s a pkgsrc developer’s guide (thanks Francois Tigeot) that shows you how.
  • It’s NOT LINUX, for the billionth time.  It’s BSD UNIX (certified, even) under there!
  • Children of the Cron“.  An entertaining pun.  (via)
  • Nothing to do with BSD, or even computers, really: Gary Gorton, interviewed about the recent financial crisis, at a Fed bank website (!?).  Interesting because I like economic matters, and because it’s the first web page where I’ve ever seen pop-up links added usefully, as a sort of footnote that you don’t have to scroll.  (via)
  • Michael Lucas recently had a machine broken into.  Since everything on the machine is suspect, he’s using Netflow data to figure out when it happened, and how, which is not surprising given his most recent book.  He has two posts describing how he backtracks his way to the probable source.

pkg update in pkgsrc

If you run pkgsrc-current, not the quarterly releases, the png library has just been updated to 1.5.  This may break a few applications for now, and require a lot of rebuilding on your next update, since many packages depend on this.

If you are running a quarterly release of pkgsrc, you are unaffected.

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pkgsrc-2010Q4 is out

The latest quarterly release of pkgsrc, 2010Q4, is out.  I’m working on the build of binary packages…  It’ll be some days.

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Another package manager: nih

Aleksey Cheusov is putting together a package manager for pkgsrc, called nih.  (For “Not Invented Here”).  It’s binary-only at this point, so you’d need to run distbb or pbulk to generate packages, or download from

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MirBSD looking at pkgsrc, too

MirBSD is apparently also interested in pkgsrc as an alternative to the exclusive-to-MirBSD Mirports.  The more the merrier, I say.

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Pkgsrc 2010Q4 coming soon

The planned freeze is underway; so pkgsrc-2010Q4 should arrive soon.  How soon?  January 1st, if it’s by the traditional schedule.

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BSD Magazine: WebDAV

The latest(?) version of BSD Magazine is out.  Among other things, it has an intro to pkgsrc.  The site lists November 2010 for this issue, but it just showed up on the Twitter feed, so I’m not totally sure I have this right.  In any case, it’s a free download.

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Run the JDK all you like

Francois Tigeot figured out how to get it to work.

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LOCALPATCHES a possibility

I never really noticed this before, but it’s possible to include your own patchsets into pkgsrc and have them picked up as part of the build process, using $LOCALPATCHES.

Lazy Reading: Lots and lots of it

Somehow I ended up with a zillion links for this week’s Lazy Reading.  I hope you’ve got some spare time for this…  Let’s get right into it:

  • Michael Lucas, BSD book author (see links on site), has started Twittering.   He’s also found the Wikileaks/NetBSD association that I didn’t know about, as Julian Assange even shows up in the NetBSD fortunes file.  Also, while linking to his blog, I’ll point at his post on “Write what you don’t know“.  Think of that article next time you feel you don’t know enough to contribute to something – especially open source.
  • There’s a lengthy dialog on the mailing list about pkgsrc, and “Making it easier to get and use pkgsrc“.   You can follow the whole thread on the listing page.  I am all for the idea.  Everybody and their brother has an App Store these days.  Ports/pkgsrc are perhaps the original app store ideas, and I’d like to see them brought to the same level as these commercial entitites.  This is important: pkgsrc is perhaps the only app store equivalent in existence that is not tied to a platform; that exists only to get you software rather than to provide a way to tie a platform into its developers profits.
  • Hey, a roguelike zombie apocalypse game!  Aw, it’s Windows-only.
  • Mikel King has an editorial that sums up the many places BSD serves as an underpinning to products – a good checklist, if you don’t know of them.  He’s also written an instructional article on passwordless/SSH setup.
  • Along the same lines, Promote Perl by Building Great Things.  This applies to BSD products too; telling people it’s great doesn’t work as well as making something great and showing that a BSD system is part of what makes it so.
  • Did you know there are even BSD Certification classes in Iran?  I really need to do that… though probably not at that location.
  • Yacc is not dead.  (via)  I link to this because I had a moment of nerd excitement realizing that blog’s title is intended to look like a bang path.
  • Database design ideas.  There’s been a good series of posts there lately, good for anyone wanting to move beyond the basic CRUD details.

More JDK progress

wip/jdk15 now works on i386, too, under specific circumstances.

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JDK progress

Francois Tigeot has wip/jdk15 working for DragonFly/x86_64.   It’s not there yet for i386…

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ProFTPd upgrade

If you have net/proftpd installed, and you installed it in the last week or so, you may want to upgrade.  There’s been a security problem with the source files.

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Chromium testing for DragonFly

Rui-Xiang Guo has brought chromium, the base of Google’s speedy Chrome web browser, into pkgsrc, in the wip branch.  He’s looking for testers of the work, especially on DragonFly.  Please try it and report!

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Robotics, anyone?

Tomas Bodzar found robotpkg, a pkgsrc-based collection of robotics-related software.  Because of its pkgsrc origins, it should in theory work with DragonFly, or most anything.

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pkg_radd: oddly successful with upgrades

The utility pkg_add has a -u option that tells it to upgrade any existing matched package with a given binary package.  Since pkg_radd passes options on to the underlying use of pkg_add, after automatically setting a remote repository for binary files, pkg_radd -u <packagename> tells pkg_add to automatically find and upgrade a package.

I never thought this would work.  However, I’m building a package on a system that has pkgsrc-2010Q1 packages installed, but a pkgsrc-2010Q3 /usr/pkgsrc.  Every time I’ve encountered an error because installed software was too low a version, pkg_radd -uv <package_name> has resulted in a quick upgrade.

I’m not recommending this as a new upgrade method; I’m noting how unexpectedly well this experiment is going.  It may be just blind luck, but this sure would be nice if it ‘just worked’.

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Building Java, again

Francois Tigeot was able to get wip/jdk15 to build on DragonFly, from pkgsrc-wip.  Unfortunately, the package has been removed, but he’s looking to put it back.

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A fix for docbook and pkgsrc issues

A number of people have encountered this: while installing some larger pkgsrc package, the process stops on a strange DocBook error.  Alex Hornung has a fix:  symlink /usr/pkg/etc/xml/catalog to /usr/pkg/share/xml/catalog.

Dovecot upgrade

Dovecot, a rather popular IMAP/POP3 mail server, has had version 2 arrive in pkgsrc.  There’s an upgrade guide on pkgsrc-users@ if you’re thinking of upgrading.

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KDE4 patches to try

Alex Hornung has some patches that allow KDE4 to build on DragonFly.  They aren’t in pkgsrc and not all in KDE yet, so try them out directly if you want KDE4, for now.

Update: based on something Alex said on IRC… they’re in KDE4 now.

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Chroot and pkgsrc tips

Chris Turner wrote some notes about building pkgsrc packages in a chroot, including the handy tip of using


to run and display a GUI-using app under the chroot.

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Firefox fix found

If you’re running DragonFly 2.7 and you’ve noticed Firefox crashing on you, Matthew Dillon has some potential fixes.  Update/rebuild to see if it helps.

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Git mirror for pkgsrc being rebuilt

Our mirror of the never-quite-official git repository for pkgsrc is being rebuilt, so it will be temporarily inaccessible.  Matthew Dillon is working on building a new one directly from pkgsrc CVS, which will have a different link.

Update: It’s finished.  Matthew Dillon’s posted a summary of the changes and what you need to update in order to use it.

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Flash 9 on DragonFly

Chris Turner wrote up his experience of getting Flash 9 to work on DragonFly.  The usual disclaimers apply.

Update: there’s an improved library available that fixes some audio and video sync problems.

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Revised pkgsrc guide

I’ve drastically revamped the pkgsrc howto on the website.  It’s also linked in that site’s menu, too.  Comments please!

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Don’t upgrade, do recompile

A bump in shared library version for libssl/libcrypto means that any programs dependent on it will require a rebuild – including any pkgsrc programs.

This only affects you if you are running 2.7, for now.  It means that on upgrading from 2.6 to 2.8, any libssl-using programs will need to be updated.  This may not be a big thing, since pkgsrc-2010Q3 will also be out and people will want to upgrade anyway.

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Lazy Reading: subversion, packaging, beams

A small crop for Lazy Reading this week – oh well.

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Binary package upgrade issue

I’ve noticed that if you have older pkgsrc packages installed, and install binary packages for pkgsrc-2010Q2, those packages will refuse to install if pkg_install is an older version than what they were built with.

I ended up force-deleting pkg_install and bmake, and reinstalling by running pkgtools/bootstrap/bootstrap.  There may be better solutions; I’m mentioning it now since it’s a known problem.

Update: “bmake replace USE_DESTDIR=yes” was suggested by Joerg Sonnenberger.  “pkg_add -u /path/to/newer/pkg_install” should also work (untested).

This will probably apply to the upcoming pkgsrc-2010Q3, too.  Building from source is a workaround for now.

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Squid issues

Jan Lentfer updated his version of squid, and had issues; this is a note for anyone else running squid to maybe wait before upgrading.  Note that this applies to the development version of squid, not necessarily the pkgsrc version.

Update: No, wait, it’s OK.

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pkgsrc database, compiler changes

I mentioned previously that Postgres 9 is already in pkgsrc, but the flip side of that is both Postgres 8.2, and MySQL 4 are being removed.  If you still have these installed, be ready to migrate at your next upgrade.

Oh, and you can switch to clang for building pkgsrc, too.

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2.8 release in a few weeks

It looks like 2.8 will be showing up in a few weeks – mid-October.  If things go well, we’ll have prebuilt pkgsrc-2010Q3 binaries to go with it.

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Freeze for pkgsrc-2010Q3 starting soon

Starting September 23rd, pkgsrc will freeze (i.e. bugfixes only) in preparation for the 2010Q3 release, which is planned for one week later, instead of the usual 2 weeks.  This release will include some very new software like Postgres 9, too.

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rpkgmanager, a want-list based pkgsrc manager

Some time ago, there was an application called pkgmanager, available in pkgsrc-wip.   It worked by tracking ‘wanted’ packages in pkgsrc, and upgrading based on that list.  It hasn’t been updated in some time, however, and may not even build.

‘Rumko’ has written a replacement, called rpkgmanager.   The Gitorious page linked in the previous sentence includes the URL to download the code via Git, so it’s available to try now even though it’s not yet in pkgsrc.

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Lazy reading: toeplitz, forking, curating, Nethack

I totally meant to post this yesterday.  Oops!

A reference for pkgsrc make, again

There’s a whole lot of options for bmake, used in pkgsrc, and they aren’t immediately obvious.  I’ve linked to a reference before, but it’s no longer at that location.  However, I found a new link!

Upgrading pkgsrc from 2010Q1 to 2010Q2

As I found out directly, upgrading from pkgsrc version 2010Q1 to 2010Q2 has a minor quirk: binary packages for 2010Q2 will refuse to install with an older version of pkg_install.  Rebuild pkgtools/pkg_install to the 2010Q2 version and the problem will go away.

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Minor software hiccup possible

happened to notice that recent libkinfo changes broke sysutils/estd.  It’s fixed by rebuilding the program, though this may affect a few other packages.  This only affects people running bleeding-edge DragonFly 2.7.

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HEADS UP: structure changes, pkgsrc changes

Two things:

  1. If you are running DragonFly 2.7, Matthew Dillon has made some kernel changes, so updating your 2.7 machine will require a full buildworld cycle, not quickworld.
  2. The binary packages for 2.6 and 2.7 have been updated to pkgsrc-2010Q2.  This means that pkg_radd will automatically pull down newer packages, and you should make sure your /usr/pkgsrc is using the pkgsrc-2010Q2 release if you want to be sure there’s no version mismatches.

I recently sent out a description of what built for pkgsrc-2010Q2 , though the section on not changing the stable link is no longer true.

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pkgsrc-2010Q2 binary packages available

Binary packages built for pkgsrc-2010Q2 are available now via pkg_radd or directly.  Make sure to read my lengthy post for exact details.

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gimp-print may go away

On, Greg Troxel proposed getting rid of gimp-print and associated packages.  It’s been superseded by gutenprint-lib, so it may be worth switching now for the newer printer drivers, even if the package isn’t eliminated.

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pkgsrc-2010Q2 out, I think

I haven’t seen an announcement at all, but I’m inferring that it’s out.  I’ll be changing the DragonFly build machines momentarily.

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New pkgsrc Hackathon planned

There’s an online hackathon (the 14th!) planned for July 30th through August 2nd for pkgsrc (and probably some NetBSD material too) at FreeNode/#netbsd-code on IRC.  Aleksej Saushev’s post has more details. At least it’s cheap to attend!

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A trick for updating moved packages

Sometimes, packages are renamed in pkgsrc, usually because of a version change.  If that happens, it can be hard to find the replacement.  You can manually add them, or there’s a trick to make the build ‘jump’ to the new name.

pkgsrc git repo changes

Matthew Dillon set up a git copy of the pkgsrc repository some time ago.  However, it’s had syncing problems, and there’s an ‘official’ pkgsrc git repository now which does not have the problems.  You can still pull from the same place, but it’s the ‘master’ branch now.  His heads-up message describes how to switch.

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Freeze for pkgsrc-2010Q2 starts about now

It’s been 0.25 years since the last, so pkgsrc is due for another quarterly release.  The usually-two-week freeze before release starts tonight.  The release should happen at the end of the month.

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png update in pkgsrc

If you’re following bleeding-edge pkgsrc, there’s been an update to png.  Since a lot of programs depend on it, a lot of programs will need to be rebuilt.  Be ready for it.  This won’t affect anyone using quarterly releases.

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Messylaneous – Unixy articles, clang, pkgsrc projects, more

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Extra DNS tools

Jan Lentfer has committed ldns and drill to DragonFly, in (unlikely) chance that you managed to delete BIND from pkgsrc (installed by default on 2.7+) and somehow couldn’t replace it.

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bmake(1)ing a list, checking it twice

I found this reference list of targets for bmake very useful, especially because I can never remember them all.  Unfortunately, the site where it’s located appears to be going away at the end of the month, but it should resurface on a new NetBSD wiki.

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Old release users: update pkg_radd

I’m removing the links for the old (DragonFly 2.3 and older) pkg_radd paths on If you have one of those older systems, you can update one line in pkg_radd if it’s useful to you.

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Some pkgsrc reports

I’ve put a few of the reports from pkgsrc builds on DragonFly out.  They’re all using pkgsrc-2010Q1, on i386/DragonFly 2.6, i386/DragonFly 2.7, and x86_64/DragonFly 2.7.  The links in the reports go to the errors that caused each package to not build.  If you happen to see something that has an easy fix, or that you really need to have working, please submit a fix.

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pkgsrc-2010Q1 available in binary form

Binary packages built for DragonFly 2.6 and 2.7 from the most recent pkgsrc quarterly release, 2010Q1, are now available.  The utility pkg_radd will access them, or you can download directly.

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There goes BIND

As previously foreshadowed, BIND has been removed from the DragonFly base system.  Instead, it’s installed from pkgsrc.  Note that this includes tools like nslookup or host.  Instructions after the jump.


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3 things for pkgsrc

From my email to users@:

  • I almost have pkgsrc-2010Q1 builds done for every architecture, so I’ll point the default load location for pkg_radd to them within the next 24 hours.
  • Are you still using a DragonFly system older than 2.4 and downloading binaries?  If so, tell me.
  • A project: enhancing pkg_search and pkg_radd to be able to tell when a package is missing because of license restrictions.  Anyone want to try it?
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Apache options change in pkgsrc

If you use Apache, as many people do, some of the default building choices have changed in pkgsrc.   Read Matthias Scheler’s post for details.

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What does DESTDIR mean?

I’ve made reference to DESTDIR for pkgsrc several times, with only an informal understanding of what it means.  From what I’ve learned, and what Joerg Sonnenberger’s told me, DESTDIR support means that packages can be built from pkgsrc without needing to be root.  This means local packages can be built on an ordinary user account using pkgsrc.

This also means that pkgsrc can build packages before each upgrade, and only upgrade if a binary package can be built for each item involved.  This means minimal downtime and no failures during upgrades, the biggest bugaboo for using pkgsrc that I’ve encountered.

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Binary pkgsrc build status

I posted a note about where the 2010Q1 builds are for pkgsrc; if you’re on i386/2.6 right now, you can try it out.

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pkgsrc-2010Q1 is out

The newest branch of pkgsrc for 2010 is officially out – read the release announcement for details on what’s updated.  Among other things, DESTDIR support is almost complete, and a shift to default KDE4 is underway.

I’m working on bulk builds already, so hopefully soon you’ll be able to pkg_radd 2010Q1 packages…

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Talks at pkgsrcCon 2010 – submit now

Do you want to give a talk at pkgsrcCon 2010 in Basel, Switzerland, May 28-30?  Make sure to mail in the details.

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pkgsrcCon 2010 coming up

pkgsrcCon is happening May 28th-30th in Basel, Switzerland.  The event web page has note on location and hotel information.  (thanks, S.P.Zeidler)

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cvsup gone, finally

YONETANI Tomokazu has eliminated cvsup, replacing it with net/csup from pkgsrc. The README notes that the pkgsrc package devel/cvsync is another alternative if you need to retrieve the repository and not just the checked out files..

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Statistics on binary pkgsrc use

Based on a comment from John Merino on this very Digest, I managed to assemble some statistics on binary pkgsrc package use.  See my full post for the details, including some analysis.

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Messylaneous for 03/24/2010

In an effort to catch up…

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Easy reading for what’s broke

Every time a bulk build of pkgsrc packages is completed, a report is uploaded listing what built and what didn’t.  Since there’s so many reports from the now-automated build, I’ve sorted it by architecture and release, to make lookups faster.

This is handy if you’re looking to fix pkgsrc apps on DragonFly, and you need a target.  It’s also a good way to see if a desired module exists as a binary.

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Interested in pkgsrc? DragonFly?

We actively need more people to do the small but plentiful fixes to make sure as many pkgsrc packages work as possible.  Are you interested?  Speak up.

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PHP change in pkgsrc

PHP version 5.3 has some differences from previous versions, so there’s now a lang/php53 port.  Use this if you want to upgrade right away, or stick with lang/php if you want to play it safe.

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BIND goes byebye?

Jan Lentfer has accomplished something rather dramatic: the removal of BIND from the base system.  It’s not actually out yet, but I daresay it will be after the 2.6 release, freeing people up to install any DNS server from pkgsrc – including BIND.

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pkgsrc-2010Q1 freeze soon

The ‘freeze’ for pkgsrc-2010Q1 is scheduled to start March 16th, which will be right around the same time of the DragonFly 2.6 release.  The freeze lasts 2 weeks, usually, so new packages for 2.6 will be built probably about mid-April, based on this info…

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(b)make install change in pkgsrc

Joerg Sonnenberger announced new behavior in pkgsrc: Performing “bmake install” in pkgsrc with a package that supports DESTDIR will build a binary package and then install from that package.  This means a package will be successfully build before the installation process is started, and I assume is to assist further work down the road.

Details: The old behavior was to build and install directly, which “bmake stage-install” can reproduce.  DESTDIR support means that the software can be installed as non-root.

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Binary package updates

I’ve been working toward continuous builds of pkgsrc, so that there’s always up-to-date pkgsrc binaries available.  I’ve been posting notes about it too, which I will hopefully be able to automate soon.  For example, Firefox 3.5.8, the most recent version, is already available.

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Messylaneous for 2010/02/16

It’s like someone turned on the activity faucet; there’s so much to post about lately!

  • PkgsrcCon 2010 is May 28th to 30th, in Basel.  The date’s been declared, but not much else – yet.
  • Chunks of KDE in pkgsrc are now updating to the KDE4 versions by default.  This only affects pkgsrc-current users, not pkgsrc-2009Q4.
  • An interesting story about computer manufactuing and MicroSD problems.
  • In Praise of Online Obscurity – this article makes me think of communities like DragonFly and the other BSDs.  In essence, growth causes smaller independent groups to form out of a larger membership, because a social group can only be maintained to a certain size.   Perhaps this is why FreeBSD’s evolved a core group, or other groups form, like Wikipedia ‘editors’.  (via)  I’m catering to my own interests in group dynamics here.
  • Jan Lentfer’s brought in his hostapd and wpa_supplicant work, mentioned previously.
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Default PostgreSQL and Python changes

Postgres will be 8.4, and Python 2.6, as default installs from pkgsrc.  This affects anyone following pkgsrc-current, but if you are using pkgsrc-2009Q4, it won’t matter for a few months yet.

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Hackathon also for pkgsrc, Feb 19-22

Seen via email and Hubert Feyrer’s blog: There’s a NetBSD hackathon planned for February 19th through the 22nd.  The meetup is via IRC.  Since it’s NetBSD, it’ll include pkgsrc, and if it includes pkgsrc, it affects DragonFly.  If you’re interested, show up – even being there to report on packages that compile or don’t (on DragonFly) would help.

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