Subject: Re: Changing from /var/db/pkg
To: Todd Vierling <>
From: Jachym Holecek <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/04/2005 16:33:07
> > Just one thing -- some scripts under /var/db/pkg/*/ hardcode the value
> > of LOCALBASE. Would this be a problem if the directory is NFS-shared
> > between multiple hosts, each of them having different LOCALBASE setting?
> This is a widespread thing.  Many, many software packages hardcode their
> install paths, and fixing them is a one-package-at-a-time process.
> That aside, you should never try to use a pkg directory in this way.  Even
> if we fixed lots of packages to have a "dynamic" LOCALBASE, we rely on the
> "rpath" feature of some shared object systems (ELF in particular) to make
> shared libraries locateable properly at run time.  This means that LOCALBASE
> *must not* change from install time to run time.  ( hacks may work
> for some cases, but they definitely will not work for all of them.)

Eh, completely missed this part of the problem -- now I see it would be
Just Insane. Dind't have enough coffee in the morning... ;-)

		-- Jachym Holecek