Subject: Re: managing /usr/pkg/etc/rc.d
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 05/14/2003 12:27:58
On Wed, 14 May 2003, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:

> On Wed, 14 May 2003, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> > those annoying name space collisions. Finally, the implementation
> > delete scripts from "/etc/rc.d", under some circumstances, when the
> > package is deleted, which I find really annoying.
> Maybe, if the file has been modified then it could be saved somewhere. Or
> its execute bits could be turned off.
> My main problem is that some packages have a PLIST that hard-codes a
> location for the rc.d script. If pkgsrc handles the installation, it can
> be smart enough to later add the correct path (RCD_SCRIPTS_EXAMPLEDIR) to
> the PLIST.

That's another messed up thing about the implementation. It's overly
complex. The script should be copied somewhere and registered there,
and then the only question is whether to copy into place for the user,
or not. The whole idea that you might want to run scripts from all
over the file system at startup, is one of those concepts that can't
be supported, and should therefore be culled from the litter.

> > I really think we should nix most of them. If we choose the "right"
> > solution, when a new user asks how to do it, we can give him a brief
> > outline, point him to the documentation, and that will end the
> > discussion. If we choose the wrong one, or simply document the lack
> And also this right solution can be displayed when the user installs the
> package.