Subject: Re: Package Paths Proposal v2
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/18/1998 16:54:34
On Thu, 17 Dec 1998, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> > On Wed, 16 Dec 1998, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> > : But then the programs actually go through the symlink ever time they
> > : access one of their companion files.


> > : I think this is wrong as it means
> > : changing the administrative link will break everything that's installed.

No. Just make sure you move the installed packages when you change
the link (if I'm reading you right, here).

> The design of the pkg system should take
> into account that packages eventually *should* be fixed.

No. This is simply not going to happen. There are way too many
sources out there, and it is A Much Better Thing to use sources as
they stand rather than adding a lot of modifications to them that
won't go back into the vendors' versions. You don't want to end up
spending a collosal amount of developer time dealing with this.

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