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[20060105] syspkgs
NetBSD has gone a long way from a rather monolithic userland distributed in a small number of sets (base, comp, etc, ...) to the idea of "syspkgs", i.e. modularizing the base operating system into many small packages in a similar way to what other operating systems do. The expected benefit of syspkgs is to be able to remove and/or update single components of the base operating system without rebuilding everything and it's mother, or be able to replace one component from a prebuilt binary package, e.g. in the case of security problems run "env ... pkg_add ... -u ssh.tgz" and be done, where the (sys)packages would be built by NetBSD's fine build machinery.

Alan Barrett has done some work on syspkgs recently, and he has posted his most recent works on this now, see his mail for more details.

I think there's a bit of way to go to switch to this fully (e.g. have sysinst integration, ...), but it's a very important step on that way.

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