Subject: Re: pkgsrc/$pkg/work/.install_done considered harmful?
To: Peter Seebach <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/01/2003 07:01:24
On Sat, 1 Mar 2003, Peter Seebach wrote:

> Has anyone ever had .install_done be *useful*?  In my experience, one of
> two situations applies:
> 1.  The package is already installed; the normal check for an
> already-installed package will catch it.
> 2.  For one reason or another, it's not installed; I want to run the install
> anyway.

"make reinstall"

> I have never benefitted from trying to silently and automatically skip
> the install step.

What about for "make package"? I often "install" - "pkg_delete" -
"reinstall" until the package is right, then commit and "make
package". If "make package" didn't check the flag, it would fail oddly
for any package that was already installed.