Subject: Re: /usr/bin/pkg_info?
To: Brook Milligan <brook@trillium.NMSU.Edu>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/09/1998 12:15:32
On Wed, 9 Sep 1998, Brook Milligan wrote:

: What is the rationale for pkg_info being in /usr/sbin rather than
: /usr/bin?  It occurs to me that "regular" users may wish to know what
: is installed on a system.  Having easy access to pkg_info seems like a
: good way to provide the information.
: Is there some reason for it to be hidden away with system binaries?

Probably the same reason that dmesg is in /sbin instead of /bin - it's not
as essential to users as the files in /usr/bin; also, the rest of the pkg_*
tools are in /usr/sbin.

Naive users probably don't care about pkg_info, whereas sysadmin types
probably want to use more than just pkg_info from /usr/sbin even when using
their own accounts.  :>

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.