Subject: Re: Package config/var file paths proposal
To: Curt Sampson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jim Wise <email@example.com>
Date: 01/09/1999 23:49:32
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On Sat, 9 Jan 1999, Curt Sampson wrote:
>On Sat, 9 Jan 1999, Jim Wise wrote:
>> No system package will
>> install files into more than one of /, /usr, /usr/X11R6,
>> /var, and /usr/share.
>If I understand you correctly, this means that, for example, the
>package with /var/games would be separate from the package with
>What's the reasoning behind this?
A lot of people share /usr, or at least /usr/share between many machines
on a network. In cases where /usr has been mounted from a server with
/usr/games installed, a client machine should still be able to install
/var/games -- even though /usr may not be writable to them.
Note that this goes hand in hand with another new feature -- it will
be necessary to split the _registration_ of packages similarly, so
that, eg /usr/X11R6/etc/pkg (or some such) contains registration of
packages in /usr/X11R6. This means that clients in a network
environment will know what packages they have, even though they were
installed from the server. Alistair (IIRC) already has patches that
provide this functionality, although they are not in-tree at the moment.
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