[GSoC] Read packages from other various package managers

Anders F Björklund afb at macports.org
Sat Apr 27 00:48:48 PDT 2013

Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> I initially wasn't sure if this is what was meant, and it now seems like it isn't, but I would not support an effort to integrate with package managers that compete with MacPorts for installing normal programs and libraries, for example Gentoo Portage or FreeBSD Ports or Debian APT.

That is very unfortunate coming from PortMgr, since both MacPorts and Mac OS X really needs a package manager. I know that the term is confused, and that Gentoo also only had .tbz2 archives, but it seems like you don't want to support either of pkg_add (pkgng) or something like apt-get (deb/rpm) ?

But maybe it's just confusion, and we're talking about importing and converting source recipes from other ports systems and that you don't want to convert the packaging scripts for FreeBSD or Debian... Then I guess it's just the usual confusion of what a "package" actually means here (i.e. not a binary).


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