Subject: Re: Packages (Re: xntpd)
To: Hubert Feyrer <Hubert.Feyrer@rz.uni-regensburg.de>
From: Eric S. Hvozda <email@example.com>
Date: 01/05/1996 05:58:41
On Thu, 4 Jan 1996 17:34:52 +0100 Hubert Feyrer wrote:
> fits better!) about packages on the amiga-list. Right now we seem to be at a
> point at where we've settled on the concept of packages being in
> /usr/local/<somediryettoname>/<pkg> and binaries, man-pages etc. available
> through symlinks to /usr/local/bin, .../man, etc. If someone has reasonable
> arguments against it, please speak up *now*, tell us and possibly tell us a
> other (better) solution!
I like this idea in general. I am partial to the symlink idea. Why?
It's been done already :-) There's a package out there called depot
(this is a CMU baby if I remember correctly, Kev?).
Basically, it allows you to create all those great package dirs with
bin, man, lib, etc sub dirs in them and have a symlink farm. Installed
a new package? No problem! Just rerun the depot tools and it updates
the symlinks in /usr/local/bin and so forth for you. It allows for
multi architecture support. Combined with sup, it would make a nifty
way to bring new machines up to speed.
Anyway, I'm tooting someone else's horn now. So I'll stop and see
if he'll toot it for us...