Subject: Re: Why are packages ever installed to /usr/X11R6?
To: Jim Bernard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ron Roskens <email@example.com>
Date: 01/18/2003 12:05:22
On Sat, 18 Jan 2003, Jim Bernard wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 18, 2003 at 03:37:38PM +0700, Robert Elz wrote:
> > Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:52:49 -0600
> > From: Rob Windsor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Message-ID: <200301171652.h0HGqp804399@warthog.com>
> > The statement is simple, doesn't make the operation simple for the users.
> > PATH is explained everywhere (elementary books, etc), and it is easy to
> > work out what to set it to - XAPPLRESDIR ??
> > | Ah yes, everyone types /path/to/my/binary, all the time.
> > That wasn't the point. The point was that things work if they are
> > invoked that way. Nothing should ever require the existence of
> > an env var to function (for at least basic functionality) (and that
> > vi requires TERM set is a bug, it should operate in at least ex mode
> > without it).
> > | So you're telling us that "mount the foo filesystem union on top of the bar
> > | filesystem with the `hidden' flag" is easier for users
> > | than "set XAPPLSRESDIR to /usr/pkg/lib/X11/app-defaults"?
> > Of course it is, because the users don't do it, I do. They do nothing
> > at all. Stuff just works.
> So, what's wrong with setting XAPPLSRESDIR in /etc/login.conf? Or in the
> system-wide shell startup files? Users don't need to take any action at
> all in that case either. (Actually, there is one problem with the login.conf
> case---openssh doesn't use it; but it's not too hard to hack sshd to fix
XAPPLRESDIR can only include one directory and its used to define
XUSERFILESEARCHPATH. The main variable is XFILESEARCHPATH.
Since NetBSD could have the app-defaults under both /usr/pkg and
/usr/X11R6, maybe it would be better to modify the NetBSD config file for
X11 to include /usr/pkg/lib/X11/app-defaults/ in the XFILESEARCHPATH? If
you want to modify login.conf it would be better to set
XFILESEARCHPATH since a user could define XUSERFILESEARCHPATH and override
>From quick perusal of the X11 imake config files, adding a new definition
of XFileSearchPathDefault in NetBSD.cf would be enough to make this stick
in a release build of X11.