Subject: Re: pkg-vulnverabilities location
To: Alistair Crooks <>
From: Mike M. Volokhov <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 02/08/2005 09:30:22
On Mon, 7 Feb 2005 22:44:01 +0000
Alistair Crooks <> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 05, 2005 at 01:36:36PM -0600, Eric Haszlakiewicz wrote:
> > 
> > 	I've been getting a bit annoyed that I need to keep creating a
> > /usr/pkgsrc/distfiles directory on machine without pkgsrc just to provide
> > a location for download-vulnerability-list to put it's list.  I know
> > I can change that by setting PKGVULNDIR, but it seems like a poor default.
> > 
> > 	How about if we change that to /var/db or /var/tmp?
> > (or even ${PREFIX}/var/db, if there's an easy way for a script to know
> >  where it happens to get installed into)
> Please don't change it from ${PKGVULNDIR}.  The DISTFILES directory
> was chosen for a purpose, and you can modify it with PKGVULNDIR, as
> you say. Far from it being a "poor default", there isn't really a
> better one.
> /var/tmp is not meant for things like that, and we have been
> overloading /var/db for too long for it to be viewed as a viable
> alternative.

IMHO, the /usr/pkgsrc is not a best place for the pkg-vulnerabilities
file. For my own builds I use PKG_DBDIR (i.e. /var/db/pkg) for this
purposes, which existent on just any binary-pkgsrc-powered systems.
Moreover, by standard it located on /var partition.