MacPorts on Linux

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Sat Dec 17 16:40:27 PST 2011

On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 03:44, Niels Dettenbach (Syndicat IT&Internet) <
nd at> wrote:

> But another point here may be - why MacPorts (which is by principe
> developed and maintained for Mac OS X only) afaik did not cooperate nor
> participate on well driven / maintained ports projects like pkgsrc?

pkgsrc has always been a good idea in theory.  But in practice, it's not
even common across the BSDs (the major BSDs all have their own *forks* of
it instead of maintaining a common tree), and it's never caught on
significantly on the other platforms it attempts to support.  This is a
historical issue that predates MacPorts.

Perhaps the question should be asking is, why did pkgsrc never manage to
establish a credible foothold on other platforms?

brandon s allbery                                      allbery.b at
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