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Ravenports

Universal package builder system

Objective

To develop the next generation software collection builder and packager that is also truly cross-platform. Think FreeBSD ports with several new cutting edge features and enhancements, but with equal support to Linux, Solaris(like), MacOS, and all BSD platforms.

It is not a reinvention of pkgsrc. The approach is new and not based on make.

Ravenports Triad

There are three main components of Ravenports.

  1. Source ports: This component, known as "ravensource" is not seen or utilized by regular users. It resembles the ports tree seen in FreeBSD and pkgsrc, but only at the individual port directory level. It is not arranged in categories. The contents of each port directory is used to generate a port buildsheet.

  2. Conspiracy: The conspiracy repository contains all the buildsheets, separated into 256 bucket directories. These single files are the complete recipe for building the software for which they were created. These buildsheets are not meant to be viewed directly, as their information can be queried by the ravenadm tool. The conspiracy buildsheets are "compiled" from ravensource and getting the latest ports is accomplished by updating the repository. This README is contained within the Conspiracy repository.

  3. Raven administration tool: The administration tool for Ravenports is "ravenadm". It can query the ports for many types of information like a database. It can build packages in parallel (think synth interface). It controls the build environment such that it is the same across users, even if those users are on different operating systems. Raven also plays a part in the development of ports and features inbuilt lint, sanity checks and compile checks. If somebody develops a buildsheet that passes all checks and builds, it likely can be incorporated in the source tree as submitted, especially if the submission process includes automated testing on all supported platforms.

Make has really been eliminated?

Actually, not really. Make is pretty good at the actual building of the port. A significant chunk of FreeBSD's build logic will be retained (although improved upon). Raven will generate a makefile dynamically depending on options and variants requested for the purpose of building and packaging the software. The logic will be straight-forward without recursion or shell forking. Keeping this logic at ${RAVENBASE}/share/mk will ensure adaptability.

The options handling and other complex logic that affect package dependencies will be done by the ravenadm internally. This will enable speedups by magnitudes as compared to other ports systems.

Official Website

Please visit http://ravenports.ironwolf.systems for additional and current information.

License

The contents of this repository are available under the conditions defined by the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) license:


Copyright (c) 2017, The Ravenports Project.

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