Kernel extensions in MacPorts
pmq at macports.org
Sun Jan 14 08:23:17 PST 2007
Eridius pointed me on IRC to MacFUSE, the recently released FUSE port to
OS X. I wanted to see if there is interest in having it in our ports.
There is a major drawback in having kernel modules in the ports in the
fact that it's a tad easier for curious & inexperienced users to mess up
their systems. Of course, it's also a lot cooler for some of us to just
install sshfs and make it work without spending too much time. This
drawback could probably be addressed by having a separate category
(something called 'kernel' for example) where we'd warn users that they
can mess their systems up if they don't know what they're doing.
My first question is wether we want kexts in MacPorts at once. FUSE
would be a fine addition then, we could also add something like a
tun/tap device. If we are to just distribute the userland stuff, it's
going to be harder to get users to update their kexts to match the
userland libs versions.
Thoughts on this?
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