Subject: Re: Thought on pkgviews
To: Johnny C. Lam <>
From: Dan McMahill <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/23/2003 23:05:18
> from your example above.  After a package has been installed into
> its depot directory, it would be possible to use pkg_view(1) to
> add the package to the correct view, e.g.
>     pkg_view -d /usr/pkg/packages/${MACHINE_GNU_PLATFORM} \
>              -v ${MACHINE_GNU_PLATFORM} add <pkg-name>
> would add <pkg-name> into
> /usr/pkg/${MACHINE_GNU_PLATFORM}/{bin,include,lib}, etc.

If multiple versions of a package are installed, what would Joe User do
to select which version he runs?  Is it a modification of his path or 
does pkg_view create a versioned link farm?  Ie,

/usr/pkg/bin/foo     -> /some/place/foo-1.2/bin/foo
/usr/pkg/bin/foo-1.2 -> /some/place/foo-1.2/bin/foo
/usr/pkg/bin/foo-1.1 -> /some/place/foo-1.1/bin/foo
/usr/pkg/bin/foo-1.0 -> /some/place/foo-1.0/bin/foo

pkg_views should be a major win for pkgsrc.  I really appreciate the
work you're putting into it.