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Compilers in the BSD base system (medium.com)
38 points by fcambus on Oct 24, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments



Having the project maintaining its own compiler infrastructure is a separate issue from having it the same package as the base system. The latter is just that, a packaging issue. At least to me, installing a system without the compiler makes sense in many cases. Not only reduced disk space, but also less binaries and thus a smaller attack surface for local privilege escalation and other nastiness.


Work on packaging up FreeBSD base is ongoing: https://www.bsdcan.org/2015/schedule/events/563.en.html


I compile everything so I can learn how pkgsrc works. I hope to be able to contribute as a maintainer some day.


And that is exactly why I argue that compiler-onboard as an ethos is seriously missing in todays OS world, where the OS and the toolchain have been (arbitrarily) separated for nefarious reasons.


(relaxed)-ahhhh /me takes a swig of coffee... /me compiles all.... G




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