Subject: Re: Revisiting the tk80 issue
To: UNIX hacker and security officer <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/17/1998 10:45:58
On Fri, 17 Jul 1998, UNIX hacker and security officer wrote:
> Well, then we better figure out how to make packagized things more able
> to respond to the -p option.  Compiling in hard paths is a _bad_ thing
> and should be avoided; unfortunately I don't see a way around this.  The

So, go and tell programmers out there.

> closest I see to solving the problem would be distributing anything
> which was hard-coded with object modules which referenced an external
> symbol in a .c file, i.e. object-only distribution, which would then
> be compiled and installed to produce a working package.

ugh - that's what we have pkgsrc and sources in the form of our distfiles 

Tweaking around with object files etc. is not worth the effort, esp. as 
there are much more pressing problems with out pkg system as it is. 

> Needless to say, I think we're trying to avoid this, but we would do
> well to find some way of making the installations more robust and less
> fragile WRT installation paths.  I mean, hell, Sun can do it, why can't
> _we_?

Because Sun has somewhat more manpower, and is easily able to add more if 
they decide they want some feature or other?

 - Hubert

Hubert Feyrer <>