Subject: Re: Proposal: new binary package format
To: Matthias Scheler <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 05/31/1999 14:56:22
On Mon, 31 May 1999, Matthias Scheler wrote:
> > Yes, but you'll need to adjust the PLIST. E.g. if the package is build
> > with a PLIST containing paths in /usr/pkg, and I set LOCALBASE=/usr/local,
> > then I need these paths in my PLIST. 
> PLIST files will still have relative path with several "@cwd" commands.
> The new layout will only affect binary packages.


How do you plan to do the installation of such a package, extract into a
staging area as it's done right now, or directly extract into place?

I'd prefer the further as it allows to easily back out things if something
goes wrong. Which is usually detected in the "extract to staging area"
phase, rather than in the "move into place" phase. Think about conflicting
packages, aborted FTP downloads, ...

 - Hubert

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