Subject: Re: Why are packages ever installed to /usr/X11R6?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 01/19/2003 00:44:57
[ On Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 16:34:01 (-0700), Jim Bernard wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Why are packages ever installed to /usr/X11R6?
> Well, that's clean from the standpoint of managing app-defaults, but it's
> very unclean from the standpoint of managing X11 installations.
Why do you say that? What's "unclean" about it? pkg_add et al take
care of telling you which files belong to which packages. The only
thing that's missing is a meta-package for the files installed from
xsrc, and that would be nearly trivial to frob up with pkg_create prior
to installing any packages (i.e. have some meta package that does this
as part of its install and which is a dependency of all other packages).
No, you can't update your underlying X11 in a hygienic manner, but you
shouldn't expect to without re-installing all the packages which depend
upon it anyway.
> It's not a big deal to me to stick with xpkgwedge, but I do think it
> would be nicer not to have to use it to keep packages from contaminating
> X11 installations, and I believe it would make life easier for newcomers.
It's easy to make xpkgwedge a required dependency for all packages.
Greg A. Woods
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