Subject: Re: netscape (binary package)
To: David Brownlee <>
From: Todd Vierling <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/09/1999 21:18:37
On Sat, 9 Jan 1999, David Brownlee wrote:

: 	Is the package worth adding to pkgsrc?

Definitely.  The sparc (SunOS 4.1.x) pkg should set IGNORE= if it cannot
find `/emul/sunos/usr/lib/'.

: 	Should it use PREFIX or X11BASE (it does not require X11R6
: 	installed to run, albeit with a remote display)?

$PREFIX.  It is statically linked with (SunOS) X11 libraries, and has zero
dependence on NetBSD's X11.

: 	Would seperate packages for complete vs standalone be useful?

Yes.  An alternative would be to make a mk.conf flag choose the appropriate


You probably will need to make the pkg install a `wraper script' for
netscape that helps it find some support files installed with Netscape.  For

MOZILLA_HOME=@@PREFIX@@/lib/netscape; export MOZILLA_HOME
exec $MOZILLA_HOME/netscape ${1+$@}

Without this, some Netscape functions can go bad, whether or not NetBSD's
X11 is installed.  The @@PREFIX@@/lib/netscape assumes that you're
preparsing this script to replace @@PREFIX@@ approriately, and that
$PREFIX/lib/netscape is the installation directory.

Note that while the SunOS version should probably choose netscape_dns by
default, it shouldn't `nuke' the NIS version of netscape.

-- Todd Vierling (Personal; Bus.