Mac packages [was Re: [PD-dev] CVS now handles binaries]

Adam Lindsay atl at
Fri Dec 6 17:41:13 CET 2002

Hi Frank.

I'm very familiar with fink from my MacOSX 10.0-10.1.5 days. I have since
stopped using it, as it tends to be "selfish" with the filesystem, and
generally inflexible. IMHO, of course.

Um, err... fink had crossed my mind as being a way to start with debian
packages, though. It does indeed use the debian distribution system for

So but is it better to get a jump-start with a non-optimal system, and
then try to get users to switch later, or spend a bit of time trying to
get it closer-to-optimal on the first try?


Frank Barknecht said this at Fri, 6 Dec 2002 17:20:18 +0100:

>Adam Lindsay schrieb:
>> I've been giving some thought to that on the OSX side, mostly with
>> regards to the packaging system.
>> We could emulate your debian approach--how does that lay out files for
>> externals (and their associated source, help, and other files)?
>Did you take a look at Fink: It seems to be
>very much like Debian, at least it uses the Debian tools like dpkg and 
>apt-get to distribute packages.
>As Debian packages of are almost ready to go, this might
>even save some work.
>Frank Barknecht
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