Subject: md5 checksums on non-files
To: None <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/05/2000 20:29:45
pkg_create currently (tries to) generate MD5 checksums for everything in
the PLIST - regular files, but also symlinks and device nodes. I'd like to
change this to only generate MD5 checksums for regular files:

 * I don't want to know what happens if someone actually puts a device
   node into the PLIST file - sure I don't want to tell you my harddisk's
   checksum etc.
 * In the case of symlinks (Hi Matthias!), the original file's checksum
   should be checked for, not the link's (again). This is esp. bad in the
   case of links to directories.

With that change, the PLIST file can list symlinks to directories as
regular files. 

Any objections? 

 - Hubert

NetBSD - because Unix isn't just #include <linux.h>, i386, ILP32, ELF, ...!