Subject: Re: PKG_TMPDIR @ /var/tmp
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Julian Assange <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/23/2000 14:52:07
> On Sat, 23 Sep 2000, Julian Assange wrote:
> : > Why would we prefer /var/tmp over /tmp for files that are unusable across a
> : > reboot?  If the process is interrupted by a reboot, you can't `recover' as
> : > with ex/vi....
> : 
> : Because the staging area often needs huge amounts of space.
> Yup, I wasn't thinking.  However, in that case, shouldn't it try /usr/tmp
> first (if it exists and is writable)?  Most binary pkgs are targeted to a
> sibling directory (/usr/pkg).  If the pkg tools can do a mv-in-place instead
> of a copy-and-delete operation when installing, using /usr/tmp as preferred
> staging would be a big speed boost.

We should have a /usr/pkg/tmp