Subject: Re: NetBSD System Packages: ORIGINAL PROPOSAL
To: Jim Wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <email@example.com>
Date: 01/30/2000 22:05:24
Jim Wise <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> 1.2.1 Root/User/Share separation
> In order to support a variety of system configurations, it is crucial
> that the new package system support the possibility of some part of
> a system residing on a server and possibly being shared between
> multiple machines on a network. A machine which has some filesystems
> local and some shared must, at the very least, be able to add and
> remove packages from local filesystems, and should be able to
> determine what packages have been added or removed from the volumes
> mounted over the network.
> The most common shared configurations are to have a system share
> /usr/share from the network, and have all other filesystems local,
> or to share the entirety of /usr from the network, and maintain
> local root and /var hierarchies, possibly as a single filesystem.
> Other commonly shared hierarchies include /usr/X11R6 and /usr/pkg.
It would also be _very_ useful to install packages for diskless
systems on a server system with this mechanism.
"pkg_add -p ..." will probably do the right thing if nothing's done to
break it, but it's something that should be tested, etc.
Chris Demetriou - email@example.com - http://www.netbsd.org/People/Pages/cgd.html
Disclaimer: Not speaking for NetBSD, just expressing my own opinion.