Subject: /usr/pkg/bin
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/18/1998 16:40:39
On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Todd Vierling wrote:

> : > Frankly, I don't give a damn about new users to UN*X that won't even read
> : > the README file that tells them how to install the stuff.
> : ...
> This didn't answer the question I asked that you didn't quote.
> What audience are you trying to convert that _doesn't_ read the instructions
> on how to install the stuff?

Anybody who sometimes will just skim through a 40K README file and
just install and try out the system. People like me, for example.

Also, keep in mind there are people who use NetBSD systems who did
not install them who will encounter the same problems, and really
have no clue that they should add /usr/pkg/bin to their path. If
someone replaces a Linux or other Unix system with a NetBSD system
and gets lots of screams from his users because of things like
NetBSD's unique /usr/pkg/bin in path thing, it's not going to make
people think that NetBSD is a wonderful system.

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