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Date:      Fri, 26 Mar 2021 14:17:50 -0700
From:      Walter Parker <walterp@gmail.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD.org pkg mirror for older versions?
Message-ID:  <CAMPTd_D78ZDcxfZ9SpN8S-f8XHyHKTM88moe=FvaWm-EXjgd+g@mail.gmail.com>
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> Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:14:24 -0500
> From: Doug McIntyre <merlyn@geeks.org>
> To: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: FreeBSD.org pkg mirror for older versions?
> Message-ID: <YFzhEObOXTx1JijJ@geeks.org>
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> On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 11:16:01AM -0500, Valeri Galtsev wrote:
> > On 3/24/21 11:08 AM, Alejandro Imass wrote:
> > > Are there any sites/cdns that maintain older versions of pkg repos that are
> > > reliable?
> ...
>
> > You are trying to do something that is not designed/supported by any
> > system vendor (not only FreeBSD), and it is something system
> > administrators will not do normally.
> ...
>
> I wish there was a way to grab old packages, when I run into bugs in
> the latest versions that weren't in the earlier versions. Or dropped
> features, or added features that interfer with something else that
> will take you 6 weeks to clear.
>
> Thankfully I have a big enough pool of machines, that I can usually
> find the older package in one of the package caches of another machine.
>
> But still, would be nice to load the older package back directly.
>
>
>

Packages are built from sources.
You might look at getting the packages sources and then building them locally.
IIRC make package will build a package from your sources.

I mention this because reconstructing the package sources should be
doable (old sources are often archived).

There are package building tools that automate many of these steps.


Walter

-- 
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men
of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.   -- Justice Louis D.
Brandeis



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