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Re: postinstall wiped out my /etc/rc changes

On 3-May-08, at 1:04 PM, Daniel Horecki wrote:

And what with rc.d/ files? E.g. I have xdm from pkgsrc, and every time
I had to use postinstall,
I have to to bring back that files.

As others have said, the correct way for a package to override a "standard" rc.d script would be to create an rc.conf.d script that will adjust the necessary pathnames appropriately so that the package variant is used instead of the original base-OS variant. In my opinion that's what pkgsrc should be doing for NetBSD whenever it provides a package that is already part of a base system install. I've modified pkgsrc to do that for some of the packages I install, such as bind9.

In general though properly conforming pkgsrc packages will always install their rc.d script into /usr/pkg/share/examples/rc.d and then IFF there is not a script of the same name in /etc the install procedure will then copy it into /etc/rc.

So: (a) you've always got the original package's rc.d script to compare or copy if the system upgrade messes something up; and (b) the package install should never automatically override an already installed rc.d script regardless of whether that script was supplied by the system or another package; and (c) for all system-supplied rc.d scripts it is possible to override the command and parameters used to invoke the daemon or whatever such that a variant installed by a package can be used instead of the base-OS variant.

                                        Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc.

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