Subject: Re: hier(7) silent on pkg documentation
To: Volker A. Brandt <>
From: Luke Mewburn <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 11/10/2003 11:26:03
On Fri, Nov 07, 2003 at 04:33:49PM +0100, Volker A. Brandt wrote:
  | Actually, IMHO the confinement of packages under /usr/pkg and the
  | artifical separation of "add-on" packages (under /usr/pkg) and "system"
  | packages (nonexistent) is the single most glaring design flaw of
  | the NetBSD packaging system.  It makes implementing a fine-grained
  | hands-off installation for NetBSD that much more difficult.

I disagree.

I like the fact that NetBSD's directory layout is:
	/		What NetBSD ships
	/usr/pkg	Third party pkgsrc packages
	/usr/local	_My_ locally installed stuff

The RedHat Linux approach of installing everything onto `/'
or the FreeBSD approach of storing packages into /usr/local
both have their own problems.  I know people who've migrated
from those systems who've remark that they prefer the
separation that was chosen in NetBSD.