emerge userland-gnu

One of the most fiery opinion about FreeBSD is that BSD tools are usually difficult to use interactively… that’s true: BSD commands are more strict than the GNU equivalents, but this is not a problem in scripts (mostly).

While Gentoo/FreeBSD wants to be as far as possible FreeBSD-like, I’m thinking of a quick hack that could help bypassing this problem.

Mainly, the difficulty of BSD tools is the fact that they accept options just and only in the right order: you can’t do mkdir /some/strange/dir -p as -p is after the name of the directory to create. But this happens only when running the commands from a shell. While we already have bash shell instead of tcsh (that I can’t really stand), we can’t install GNU utils right now..

The problem is not compiling them, as they should be portable enough to work fine on non-GNU libcs, but is with the name, they must g-prefixed to be installable there, and this makes them useless for most people.

What I have in mind now is this: let coreutils and the other *utils install with g-prefix on non-GNU userland… then, add an ebuild userland-gnu that depends on all GNU’s tools, and then creates symlinks between the g-prefixed tools in /usr/bin, to something like /usr/libexec/gnu… add that to your user’s path and you’ll be using gnu tools instead of FreeBSD’s ones 🙂

Such a thing should never be done on root, tho.

I think I’ll start this later, it’s really really interesting, imho, to get a better user-friendly FreeBSD distribution…