In pkgsrc there’s a facility which allows you to perform bulk builds of packages called pbulk.
Using this facility on a couple of donated systems I have started to generate packages for PowerPC OS X. Currently builds are performed on 32bit PowerPC Macs running OS X with pkgsrc-current. The binaries should in theory work on 64bit PowerPC systems and on Leopard but have not tested to confirm.
The packages are made available at sevan.mit.edu.
To utilise the packages on your system, fetch & uncompress the bootstrap archive which contains the pkgsrc tools.
curl -s http://sevan.mit.edu/packages/bootstrap.tar.gz | sudo tar -zxpf - -C /
MANPATH=/usr/pkg/man can be declared in
On Leopard use
path_helper(8) and create a file in
/etc/manpaths.d which just contains
This can also be extended to
PATH by creating a file in
/etc/paths.d/ containing one path element per line. This requires testing however as the impact is system wide.
PKG_PATH to http://sevan.mit.edu/packages/All/
Packages can then be installed using the
pkg_add command, for example to install wget
This service is very much in its infancy & not stable yet, the current offering of packages is small but more packages are building on a daily basis albeit very slowly due to the age of the hardware.
Thanks to the generosity of David Brownlee, Thomas Brand & Justin Cormack for their generous donation of hardware.