Ticket #14796 (pike): please commit

Anders F Björklund afb at macports.org
Tue Apr 1 01:03:31 PDT 2008

  Guido Soranzio wrote:

> We have already the well-made free Porticus GUI and we have already
> the new sqlite receipt database engine in Leopard's Apple
> InstallerPackageMaker: we only need pkgutils to fully support
> --unlink, reference counting and dependency analysis. [...]

It doesn't bother you that both of those are proprietary ?
(Never mind that flat pkg are Leopard-only and unfeatured)
But current main problem with PKG is the same as with RPM,
in that it doesn't share its registry with the source ports.

And if those two (Porticus and Leopard PKG) are enough, why
is MacPorts employing students to write new open solutions ?
- "Task 4: Binaries"
- "Task 5: Graphical user interface"

I also think that binary packages and graphical interface
are the two most important new features. But Open Source!

Personally I also think they should be cross-platform, or at
least have a fair chance of being portable (unlike these two)


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