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From Marc Slemko <>
Subject Re: Apache "ports" system
Date Tue, 24 Feb 1998 04:29:04 GMT
On Mon, 23 Feb 1998, Marc Slemko wrote:

> Look at FreeBSD's ports system.  (I take this above RPMs just because I'm
> more used to it and it does source + patches more while RPM does binaries
> more.  No, that isn't the way it has to be.)

And let me say that there is no reason why we need to reinvent the wheel
for a packaging system, but the FreeBSD ports system is BSD makefile hell,
RPM isn't entirely portable and is a bigger hassle to get going, etc.

> Then consider a similar thing for Apache.
> A huge collection of "stuff", including modules, CGIs, etc. for Apache.
> All gathered together.
> Easy to download.
> Easy to install; no manual recompiling, etc. needed.  Just go to the right
> one and say "install".  It wouldn't have to actually include sources, just
> know to autofetch them.  This means you can avoid copyright issues.
> Quickstart docs included.
> Create a special file referencing the Apache layout on your system so
> things can be magically installed.
> You want a hit counter?  (two lines) install, all configured, etc.
> You want htdig?  (two lines) install, all configured, etc.
> This would not only be a useful resource, but would provide useful insight
> on what is needed to make Apache easier for third-party vendors to sell
> stuff for.

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