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Re: /bin/pwd defaults (Re: devel/gobject-introspection build can't find 'glib/gmacros.h')

Joerg Sonnenberger <> writes:

> On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 08:11:54AM +0000, David Holland wrote:
>>  > I agree; more than document it should fail hard.   It's really not
>>  > ok for pkgsrc to prohibit symlinks, and I view that as a bug that hasn't
>>  > been fixed.
>> It's not really fixable; you need to hunt down all the possible
>> pathnames that might refer to these directories and load them all into
>> the wrappers for matching and substitution. Otherwise, any tool that
>> manages to come up with one of the alternate names somehow will
>> silently bypass wrapper protection and strange things will happen.
> ...and of course, buildlink and xlinks are themselve using symlinks, so
> just resolving them is not going to work either. All to "fix" something
> which is a configuration problem in first place.

I'm talking about situations where pkgsrc is really in
~/NetBSD-current/pkgsrc and /usr/pkgsrc is a symlink to it, or something
like that.  That's not a configuration problem; it's been within normal
unix practice for decades.

But, I see the point that it's infeasible to make wrappers work in the
presence of PWD being odd.  So we're reduced to failing in that case -
and it would be good to fail hard and obvious rather than lead to
unclear problems.  It's easy enough to "cd `/bin/pwd -P`" before

So perhaps erroring out early if $PWD does not equal `/bin/pwd -P` would
be sufficient.   Or perhaps a remedial cd with a warning.

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