macports on linux

Niels Dettenbach nd at
Tue Apr 2 07:52:25 PDT 2013

Am Dienstag, 2. April 2013, 16:32:51 schrieb Benito Mourelo Caldeiro:
> Portage is Gentoo's package management system. It is similar in idea to
> the BSD ports collections: the original design was based on FreeBSD
> ports. In contrast, the Portage tree does not contain directories of
> Makefiles,
Yes and no,
portage uses Makefiles too - but the "origin" ones - means: generated by the 
usual origin configure scripts in the origin software tarball of the software 
usually/as possible from original source url. Portage does just eventually 
required parametering of the configure process.

So an ebuild is "similiar" to an macports portfile.

pkgsrc uses make directly as a "platform independent" tool with own Makefiles 
while Gentoo portage uses python as this is "platform independent" as much as 
required for Gentoo...

Both concepts are nice but has pitfalls too...

 Niels Dettenbach
 Syndicat IT & Internet

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