Subject: misc/5599: /usr/contrib and /usr/old do not exist, and are not needed but are in _PATH_STDPATH, hier(7), and /etc/man.conf
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List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 06/14/1998 17:00:38
>Number:         5599
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       /usr/contrib and /usr/old do not exist, and are not needed but are in _PATH_STDPATH, hier(7), and /etc/man.conf
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    misc-bug-people (Misc Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          change-request
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Jun 16 15:20:00 1998
>Originator:     Jim Wise
				Unicast Communications, Inc.
>Release:        NetBSD-1.3.1
System: NetBSD 1.3.1 NetBSD 1.3.1 (NEVRAST) #12: Sat Apr 11 23:03:27 PDT 1998 i386 (On a Toshiba Tecra 720, at 31,000 feet, (~10,000 m), in mild turbulence, en route to USENIX)

	Traditional berkeley systems used /usr/contrib and /usr/old for semi-official packages and
	compatibility commands, respectively.  With the package system, these are not really needed,
	and have been removed.  /usr/include/paths.h, however, includes both of these directories in
	_PATH_STDPATH, /etc/man.conf searches /usr/contrib/man for man pages, and /usr/contrib is
	documented in hier(7).  IMHO, this should not be the case.  Semi-official packages should be
	in the appropriate package collection, and compatibility commands should be in the emulators
	package collection (cf /usr/pkgsrc/emulators/compat_1[12]).
	$ more /usr/include/paths.h
	/* All standard utilities path. */
	#define _PATH_STDPATH \

	$ man hier
	 	/usr/      contains the majority of the system utilities and files
                	contrib/  packages maintained by groups other than Berkeley
	(/usr/old is not documented)

	$more /etc/mk.conf
	_default        /usr/{share,pkg,X11R6,X386,X11,X11R4,contrib,gnu,local}/{man,man/old}/
	# Other sections that represent complete man subdirectories.
	contrib         /usr/contrib/man/
	new             /usr/contrib/man/
	(man.conf is due for a cleaning in many ways, BTW)
	IMHO, /usr/contrib and /usr/old should be removed from: