[csw-users] pkgutil 1.5 released

Peter Bonivart bonivart at opencsw.org
Fri Apr 10 23:38:51 CEST 2009

Pkgutil version 1.5 has been released.

Even though the change list below is not that long this is easily the
biggest release yet, the changes "under the hood" are many and
necessary for future versions of pkgutil. All this work has been done
by Derek Whayman.

Change list:

* Support multiple catalogs with multiple versions of each package and
selecting specific versions (Derek Whayman)
* Performance enhancements (Derek Whayman)
* Fix catalog update issue when mirror catalog is old (Ivo De Decker)
* Increased protection against broken/empty local package files
(Sebastian Kayser)
* Perldoc/man page updates
* Bldcat skips dependencies to the same package
* Chkcat checks for packages that contain dependencies to themselves

There's also a new experimental option in pkgutil.conf for non-CSW
packages. Until now pkgutil just blocked all packages not prefixed
with CSW but now you can set noncsw=true to allow any packages. Note
that due to how, e.g., version comparison is done you may not get the
expected result if your packages have a different naming and
versioning standard than CSW.

Also note that now pkgutil comes with the same pkgutil.conf file
copied to both /opt/csw/etc and /etc/opt/csw. This is for those who
use /opt/csw as a readonly NFS-mount, then you can have forced options
in /opt/csw/etc but still you can tweak your local settings via
/etc/opt/csw. Pkgutil will parse the files in that order.

I will update the wiki site, http://pkgutil.wikidot.com, with usage
exemples that take advantage of the new version handling. Also look at
http://pkgutil.sourceforge.net for links to the development stuff
regarding pkgutil.

Happy installing!


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