Lars Engels had an idea. Why not have a place where you can download a port skeleton? You know, the files that make up a port (Makefile, pkg-plist, distinfo, etc).
As Lars put it:
It came to my mind when I tried out the Frenzy live cd yesterday. It does not have the iwi-firmware port installed so I had no network connection. I booted windows, and searched for the port’s skeleton as a tarball but couldn’t find it
He asked me if FreshPorts could do that. I figured it could.
FreshPorts always has the latest, more or less, copy of the ports tree. It has everything it needs. Why not?
I thought we could use http://tarballs.freshports.org/sysutils/bacula-server.tgz <== easy to keep the robots away And we could use different formats for fetching:
- http://tarballs.freshports.org/tarball.php?package=bacula-server <== by package
- http://tarballs.freshports.org/tarball.php?port=sysutils/bacula-server <== by port
But we should have a snappy name for the site, instead of tarballs… Who is the patron saint of packaging? ;) Or gift wrapping? Something catchy like that.
The script could be pretty simple. All in PHP.