Subject: Re: AFS/arla
To: Matthias Drochner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jim Wise <email@example.com>
Date: 09/17/1998 17:39:35
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On Thu, 17 Sep 1998, Matthias Drochner wrote:
>The pkg system does not well if parts of the filesystem
>are shared among a number of machines.
>Somehow the different sorts of installed files:
>-shared, arch-dependant and
>must be accounted for separately, within the corresponding
>filesystem, to get this right.
>Otherwise, a diskless client will eg keep claiming that it
>doesn't have a compiler, even if I install one in the shared
>/usr from the server.
>This looks non-trivial...
>For a collection of optional add-ons this shortcoming
>might be acceptable. But for serious use (and users
>with many diskless clients _are_ serious) the amount
>of necessary manual fixing would quite outweight the
>benefits. (Which are little compared to a big tarball
>since the disk space is only needed once.)
Random thought: (this is general to package installation, not specific
to system packages) would it help this sort of thing if you could,
either by an environment variable or a variable in a config file, pick
an alternate location for package registration stuff? A path?
This way, you could add /usr/pkg/db/pkg (name hypothetical) as a
location for package registration on diskless clients, and they would
automagically pick up registration for packages which were installed
into their /usr/pkg on the server...
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