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Re: pkg/39579: pkg_add set PKG_PATH for you

The following reply was made to PR pkg/39579; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
Subject: Re: pkg/39579: pkg_add set PKG_PATH for you
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 19:17:32 +0200

 On Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 03:40:00PM +0000, wrote:
 > FreeBSD's pkg_add has useful switch -r to remotely fetch a package.
 > We should also have switch to set PKG_PATH to remote URL for correct
 > architecture and (major) release.
 I object this. Having used FreeBSD's pkg_add for a long, the PKG_PATH
 handling in it is more annoying than helpful. It is important to
 consider whether or not we even *can* provide a sane default.
 Some important questions to consider for a default is the choice of a
 mirror. Another good question is where it should be set. With the
 pkg_install-renovation branch we get a proper configuration file for
 pkg_install and its components. Putting PKG_PATH in that, maybe with a
 commented out default point to, is better than some magic

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