Subject: Re: pkg/28510
To: None <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: pkgsrc-bugs
Date: 03/28/2005 10:23:39
On Mon, 2005-03-28 at 03:34 +0000, Robert Elz wrote:
>  Adding more baroque env vars into X is just what it doesn't need (and in
>  any case, any of that requires every user to go set the thing).   Doing
>  it as suggested in the original PR, and simply having the X build know
>  where LOCALBASE simply always lives, is way against the normal pkgsrc & NetBSD
>  philosophy.

That won't always work.

Suppose a user installs (as many, many people does) NetBSD+X11 from
binary sets.  This means that, with your "fix", X11 will look inside
/usr/pkg/whatever for files.

Now, that user installs pkgsrc and sets his LOCALBASE to /opt/pkg.
And there you go.  The "fix" doesn't work any more and he is forced
to modify the environment.

Not to mention that, if he has two LOCALBASEs, one in /usr/pkg and one
somewhere else, X11 will always find, if not told otherwise, the stuff
in /usr/pkg, thus probably causing confusion to the user.

Another possible solution is to add a default value for the correct
environment variables in /etc/profile or something like that, so that
the user can change them at will, if needed.  After all, /etc/man.conf
already comes with a default path pointing to /usr/pkg...

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
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