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Date:      Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:12:33 +0400
From:      Boris Samorodov <>
Subject:   Re: User and vendor packages (for pkg_* tools)
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01.10.2014 19:25, Matthew Seaman пишет:
> On 10/01/14 13:33, Mark Felder wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 1, 2014, at 07:15, Boris Samorodov wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> A user has License to use an App and uses pkgng. The vendor has
>>>> only packages for pkg_* tools.
>>>> What the user should do? Is there a tool to convert old packages to
>>>> new format?
>> There is no such tool. You would have to manually convert it to the new
>> package format by making a port for it. I think a skeleton port that
>> asked the user a few questions could do this automatically. I will
>> consider taking a stab at this, but I will have to locate an example to
>> test with.
> Actually there kind-of is such a tool.  pkg-convert(8)
> It's not ideal, in that you have to install the old-style package
> *before* converting it.

Cool. Thanks!

> Making pkg-convert able to read either old- or
> new- style package tarballs and output to the alternate format tarball
> would be an interesting project.


> Nagging the vendor to produce new style packages likely to be more
> productive in the long run.

Unfortunately, it may be a very long way for a vendor.

WBR, Boris Samorodov (bsam)
FreeBSD Committer, The Power To Serve

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