pkgin 0.4.0

February 14, 2011 posted by Emile Heitor

After a year of PR's, feedbacks and various fixes, pkgin 0.4.0 is now available and its package, pkgtools/pkgin, is up-to-date.

For the record, pkgin is a binary package manager aimed at simplifying manipulation of 3rd party software available as pkgsrc binaries. Its usage mimics similar tools like Debian's apt or RedHat's yum. While pkgin does not pretend to be as polished as those well known tools, it is now used in production in various companies (including mine), where clients cannot be told to "wait for the end of the build" ;)

0.4.0 brings some features that have been requested during the past year such as download-only, package reinstallation, chroot (in order to install packages to a chrooted environment), and bandwith calculation; thanks to Baptiste Daroussin for those two.

pkgin 0.4.0 also has now native support for MINIX 3 thanks to Gautam B.T. from MINIX, and better SunOS 5.1[0-1] support.

As of today, i've built and tested pkgin on the following platforms:

  • NetBSD 4.0
  • NetBSD 5.{0,1}
  • NetBSD current
  • DragonFly BSD 2.0 to 2.8
  • DragonFly BSD current
  • Solaris 10/SunOS 5.10
  • Opensolaris/SunOS 5.11
  • Debian GNU/Linux 5 and 6
  • Mac OS X 10.{5,6}
  • MINIX 3.1.8

Last but not least, pkgin no longer depends on SQLite package, as the Amalgamation source file is now part of pkgin's tree. That means 0.4.0 binary installation will be as simple as pkg_add http://your.favorite.repository/All/pkgin-0.4.0.tgz

As always, testing and feedback is more than appreciated



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