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Re: Using PKG_DESTDIR_SUPPORT=user-destdir?

On Wed, 4 Mar 2009 19:57:16 +0100
Joerg Sonnenberger <> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 04, 2009 at 01:19:13PM -0500, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> > a) If the package seems to have used automake/autoconf -- that is,
> > there are and lying around $WRKDIR after I
> > do a 'make extract'; when I run 'make configure', I see that
> > Makefile has been built -- I do nothing; it will all happen
> > automagically.  (No special uids, gids, or chowns are needed for
> > the packages I'm looking at.)
> Yes, this is normally the easy case. Sometimes upstream has manual
> install rules that don't use DESTDIR correctly, in which case some
> patches is needed.
> > b) If there are no such signs, write a 'do-install:' rule in the
> > pkgsrc Makefile, rather than relying on the install rule in the
> > package's own Makefile.  Alternatively, modify that to use DESTDIR.
> In order of preference:
> - patch Makefile for active upstream and submit patches
> - try to override PREFIX or similiar variables at install time (via
> - do-install rules
> The last should only be done if you really only install a few files
> and that is unlikely to change.
Thanks, especially for the first two suggestions here -- the third one
did indeed scare me for all the obvious reasons.

                --Steve Bellovin,

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