pkgsrc binary packages for illumos
This page is obsolete. Please see http://pkgsrc.joyent.com/ where you will find the latest package sets and improved instructions.
pkgsrc is a cross-platform packaging framework, designed to build a large number of third-party open source software packages on many different operating systems. It is the primary package manager on Joyent’s SmartOS distribution, and the packages are built portably so that they can be used unmodified on other illumos distributions as well.
Included in the binary package set is the
pkgin package manager which is
designed to look and function very similar to
apt-get, making it very easy
to add, upgrade, and remove packages.
Currently there are over 12,900 up-to-date binary packages available, built for individual 32-bit and 64-bit sets.
pkgsrc is released every quarter, and the current release is 2014Q2.
Building From Source
pkgsrc is based on the FreeBSD ports system, so if you are used to that (or other similar forks such as OpenBSD ports) and want to build packages from source the procedure is very similar:
Here are some common configuration settings you may wish to add to
If you want to change the build options for a particular package, first find
out which options are available with
show-options, and then set the
particular option in
/opt/local/etc/mk.conf before building:
The pkgsrc guide is packed with information about the internals of pkgsrc, and is useful if you would like to dig deeper and start hacking.
There are also various pkgsrc-related posts on my blog which contain various hints and tricks. I also post new branch builds and updates there.
We hang out on Freenode
#pkgsrc, and our mailing lists are:
There are over 13,000 packages in pkgsrc, so there are quite a few which currently do not build on illumos. We perform regular bulk builds that are posted to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list, which shows all the currently failing packages as well as their build logs here:
Build fixes, package updates as well as new packages are very welcome:
If you want to get involved in creating new packages, the pkgsrc-wip project is a great way to get started.
Otherwise, there is always the NetBSD GNATS database.
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