GSoC idea for the binary issue (yet again)

Joshua Root jmr at
Sun Mar 27 23:52:37 PDT 2011

On 2011-3-28 14:44 , Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:
> On Mar 27, 2011, at 4:28 PM, Erik Österlund wrote:
>> Issue 1
>> The first issue is that a command for installing binaries without
>> requiring Xcode or the ports tree is wanted, so that users can easily
>> install binaries without needing a whole bunch of dependencies. The
>> suggestion is to create a new command, which is what I want to do
>> during the summer. This command, let's call it pkg, will install
>> binaries only, without the need for the whole ports environment (ports
>> tree and Xcode, but still registry and TCL).
>> Note here that a TCL interpreter is still needed because of the
>> scripts in the Portfiles! There are as I see it 3 options.
> There are a lot of things you seem to be doing to avoid installing a
> copy of Ports, when I actually have to wonder why this is so important.
>  The entire "ports tree", if you don't actually include the build
> recipes in dports, is less than 10MB.

I'm pretty sure that by "ports tree" he means dports/. Avoiding that
would be a win, as it does take a noticeable amount of time to initially
download it with rsync. (People have filed bugs because they thought the
installer had hung.)

- Josh

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