Subject: Re: /usr/pkg/etc vs. /etc
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/17/1998 10:07:03
On Dec 16, Curt Sampson wrote
> You can. Some users of the workstations may not be able to. It's
> very convenient to be able to type `pkg_info | grep Xaw' to see if
> that widget set is installed, and get the version number of it. Or
> just `pkg_info' on an unfamiliar machine to see what's there.
> I don't see any disadvantage to moving these data from /var into
> /pkg or /usr/pkg or whatever we end up calling it.

I'd really like to see these moved too. For now, a full backup of a system
requires a backup of /var too, which is buggy. This would also add
the availability of the packages metadata on all machine for a shared /usr/pkg,
but this is less an issue for me (althouh I admit it can be important for some

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.